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July 1942


Author Affiliations

From the Section on Otolaryngology and Rhinology (Dr. Williams) and the Section on Physical Therapy (Dr. Elkins), Mayo Clinic.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1942;36(1):1-11. doi:10.1001/archotol.1942.03760010011001

As an addition to a study of myalgia of the head which we have published elsewhere,1 we wish to present this report of a syndrome of myalgia of which a fairly extensive search of the literature has failed to furnish a description. This syndrome we wish to designate "myalgia of the pharynx." While this syndrome often is associated with myalgia elsewhere, it may occur independently, and when it does, it may present a puzzling diagnostic problem. Patients who have myalgia of the pharynx present themselves with the complaint of a severe sore throat, marked pain on swallowing and occasional attacks of hoarseness. This complaint has been present for several months to several years. On inspection none of the usual signs of inflammation of the upper part of the respiratory tract are present, especially inflammation of the mucous membrane. The nasopharynx does not show any evidence of change, the laryngeal

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