Hoarseness: an approach for the general practitioner

Cooper, Lauren N. and Quested, Rachele A. (2016) Hoarseness: an approach for the general practitioner. Australian Family Physician, 45 6: 378-381.

Author Cooper, Lauren N.
Quested, Rachele A.
Title Hoarseness: an approach for the general practitioner
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2016-06
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 45
Issue 6
Start page 378
End page 381
Total pages 4
Place of publication East Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Hoarseness is a common presenting complaint that can be difficult to assess and treat in the general practitioner’s rooms. This is because of the large number of differential diagnoses and the ability to perform only a limited examination without direct visualisation of the area. An important skill is to be able to identify the patients of concern who may require urgent referral to an otorhinolaryngologist.

The aims of this article are to outline the basic assessment of the patient presenting with hoarseness; ascertain which patients require specialist referral; and discuss treatment for some benign causes of hoarseness.

Hoarseness can be a diagnostic dilemma and therefore difficult to treat. Vocal hygiene and speech therapy are valuable treatment tools for many benign conditions. Any patient with red flag features on history, or persistent hoarseness, should be referred to an otorhinolaryngologist.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: HERDC Pre-Audit
Admin Only - School of Medicine
School of Medicine Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 1 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Sun, 26 Jun 2016, 00:19:31 EST by System User on behalf of School of Medicine