Hoarseness (dysphonia) affects 3.2 million people in the United States every day1 and has higher prevalence among teachers, older adults, and others with significant vocal demands.2,3 Dysphonia is a symptom of upper respiratory infection and other common, benign conditions but can herald serious disease that requires prompt diagnosis and management. Most dysphonic patients are cared for by general practitioners, but a multidisciplinary management approach is often needed when symptoms are nonresponsive to standard therapies. The AAO-HNS guidelines4 weave evidence with consensus expert opinion to inform dysphonia management throughout the spectrum of care to promote evidence-based decision making about appropriate care for dysphonic patients.
Francis DO. Management of Hoarseness. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(9):838–839. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.1239
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