• Hoarseness of Voice Diagnosis and Tests

Diagnosis and Tests

Hoarseness of voice can be heard and can be diagnosed. However, it is very essential to rule out conditions that cause hoarseness. Following tests can help to come to a diagnosis of hoarseness.

  • Physical Examination: In most cases, laryngitis can be diagnosed by a doctor through a clinical examination. Swollen and inflamed vocal cords, temperature, enlarged lymph nodes of the neck may be noted.
  • Laryngoscopy: Laryngoscopy is an examination procedure that lets your doctor look at the back of your throat, your voice box (larynx) and vocal cords with a scope. The scope used to perform this procedure is called a laryngoscope.
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  • Laboratory Tests :
    • CBC -Full Blood Count with differential to exclude infection.
    • Sputum culture to detect bacteria, fungi and viruses.
    • Laryngeal mucosal swab for microbiological analysis.
    • Strep Test for bacterial laryngitis
    • Serology for autoimmune markers.
    • Thyroid Function Tests may be required in certain cases if swelling is noted in the neck.
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