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Laryngitis (cont.)

Laryngitis Prognosis

Chronic laryngitis is a concern. If the a person has a change in his or her voice, or hoarseness that lasts more than 2 to 3 weeks, a doctor should be consulted. This long-term voice change could be caused by an easily treatable condition such as acid reflux or being exposed to a substance that continues to irritate the vocal cords. It might be the first sign of a serious condition, however, such as a tumor on the voice box that needs medical attention. The hoarseness may be due to a laryngeal papilloma on the vocal folds or more worrisome, a laryngeal cancer; other lesions that affect the recurrent laryngeal nerve may also cause hoarseness.

Medically reviewed by Joseph Palermo, DO; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine

REFERENCE: Feierabend RH, Shahram MN. Hoarseness in adults. Am Fam Physician. 2009 Aug 15;80(4):363-70. Review.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/10/2014

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