Prevalence And Risk Factors Of Voice Disorders Among The Attendants Of Speech And Language Clinic At KAMC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | 43364
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Voice disorders are described as effortful or difficulties in phonation and deviant voice qualities are very often associated with
physical discomfort and disability. In the study we reviewed the medical records of all patients who attended the speech and
language clinic at King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from the period of 2007 till 2013. This is a retrospective, cross
sectional study and 998 charts in our data analysis, we excluded patient based on repeated files, incomplete data and out of the
intended study period i.e. 2007-2013. Data was extracted from medical charts from the quadramed medical system and reviewed for
key variables such as (age, gender, occupation, smoking history and history of known related diseases). Gender was almost evenly
distributed in the sample. The majority of the sample was non-smokers. The three top diagnoses were (Gastro-esophageal reflux
disease 43.49%, Vocal fold cyst 11.824%, and Vocal fold paralysis 10.32%) The overall prevalence of voice disorder accounted for
37.37%. The prevalence of voice disorder showed significant difference between genders (P-value=0.0007) and between different age
Feras Alkholaiwi is a demonstrator at Faculty of Medicine, Imam University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is also Resident in Saudi Board Program , Otorhinoloaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. He is a graduate of King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science. He has many research papers, with previous presentation in international otorhinolaryngology conference.