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Hoarse Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Hoarse. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had problems with hoarseness of the voice?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic. If hoarseness is acute it usually suggests a viral upper respiratory tract infection but laryngitis, simple strain due to occupation or rarely laryngeal diphtheria may be responsible.

  2. Is the hoarseness intermittent?

    Why: intermittent hoarseness may suggest myasthenia gravis, urticaria (hives), occupational strain, reflux oesophagitis, tobacco and alcoholism.

  3. Medications?

    Why: e.g. steroid inhalers may cause oropharyngeal thrush and hoarseness.

  4. Occupational history?

    Why: to determine if overuse of the voice may be a possible cause of hoarseness e.g. singers, auctioneers.

  5. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: to determine risk of lung and laryngeal cancer.

  6. Alcohol intake?

    Why: alcohol abuse may increase the risk of laryngeal tumors.

  7. Weight loss?

    Why: may suggest laryngeal cancer, esophageal cancer, lung cancer.

  8. Symptoms of viral upper respiratory tract infection?

    Why: e.g. tiredness, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, slight fever, cough, headache.

  9. Symptoms of laryngitis?

    Why: e.g. often occurs in association with a viral upper respiratory tract infection, hoarse voice, barking cough, pain with swallowing.

  10. Symptoms of lung cancer?

    Why: e.g. cough, chest pain, wheezing, blood stained sputum, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, tiredness, weight loss. May be paralysis of the vocal cords and consequent hoarseness if lung cancer is in apex of the lung.

  11. Symptoms of gastro-esophageal reflux?

    Why: e.g. burning discomfort behind the sternum (breastbone) that radiates to the throat, associated with acid reflux, aggravated by heavy meals, swallowing hot and cold fluids, stooping, lying flat and lifting and straining, more likely to occur at rest than with exertion. May be complicated by chronic throat pain, hoarseness and cough, especially on waking.

  12. Symptoms of laryngeal cancer?

    Why: e.g. persistent hoarseness, difficulty and pain with swallowing, "lump in the throat", change in voice quality.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Hoarse:

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Conditions listing medical complications: Hoarse:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Hoarse' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.

 

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