Author(s): Fortes FS, Imamura R, Tsuji DH, Sennes LU
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Abstract Work-related laryngopathy may have negative consequences for voice professionals. AIM: To analyze the profile of voice professionals seen in a tertiary level hospital. STUDY DESIGN: a longitudinal historical cohort. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of patient files. Diagnosis was reached using videostroboscopy. RESULTS: 163 patients (119 females and 44 males) were seen. The mean age was 36.5 years. Professionals included spoken voice users (salesman, teachers, telemarketers, receptionists, health professionals) and singers. The most frequent diagnoses were: minor structural changes (33\%), nodules (22\%), Reinkes edema (10\%), and polyps (6\%). A correlation was observed between smoking, age and gender; there was an association between smoking and Reinkes edema, leucoplasia and tabagism, females and Reinkes edema, nodules and minor structural changes, and also between patients aged over 40 years and Reinkes edema, and patients under 40 with nodules, laryngitis, and minor structural changes. Symptoms lasted more than 6 months in 74\% of patients. CONCLUSION: The profile of voice professionals seen in a tertiary hospital included spoken voice patients and singers. In our study minor structural changes predominated, followed by nodules, Reinke edema and polyps.
This article was published in Braz J Otorhinolaryngol
and referenced in Journal of Speech Pathology & Therapy