Patient Education

Our team of specialists and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you. Or, for a more comprehensive search of our entire Web site, enter your term(s) in the search bar provided.

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Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery
...Some people may experience hoarseness or a sore throat because of the breathing tube used during surgery...

Head & Neck Surgery
...Symptoms of head and neck cancers vary depending on the type of cancer, but may include: Lump in the neck Hoarseness or other change in the voice Growth in the mouth Blood in saliva Difficulty swallowing Earache New or changed growths on skin Treatment for these cancers depends on the type and location of the tumor, as well as the patient’s age and overall health...

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...   Constitutional     Weight Loss Yes No Fatigue Yes No   Fever Yes No                 Eyes     Blurred Vision Yes No Double Vision Yes No   Eye Pain Yes No                 Ears     Ringing in Ears Yes No Vertigo/Dizziness Yes No   Hearing Loss Yes No Ear Pain Yes No   Itching In Ear Yes No Roaring Sound Yes No   Ear Discharge Yes No Ear Fullness Yes No   Pressure Sensation Yes No                 Nose     Nasal Obstruction Yes No Nasal Pain Yes No   Decreased Sense of Smell Yes No Nose Bleeding Yes No   Nasal Discharge Yes No Postnasal Drip Yes No   Nasal Congestion Yes No Snoring Yes No             Throat, Mouth & Sinus     Sore Throat Yes No Swollen Glands Yes No   Difficulty Swallowing Yes No Change In Voice Yes No   Hoarseness Yes No Lump In Throat Sensation Yes No   Neck Tenderness Yes No Mouth Pain Yes No   Frequently Throat Clearing Yes No Dentures Yes No   Sinus Pain Yes No Headaches Yes No             Cardiovascular     Chest Pain Yes No Palpitations Yes No   High Blood Pressure Yes No                 Respiratory (Lungs)     Shortness of Breath Yes No Wheezing Yes No   Cough Yes No Coughing Blood Yes No             Gastrointestinal (Stomach)     Nausea Yes No Vomiting Yes No   Difficulty Swallowing Yes No Painful Swallowing Yes No   Excessive Belching Yes No Heartburn/Acid Reflux Yes No             Genitourinary     Urgency Yes No Frequency Yes No   Pain When Urinating Yes No                 Integumentary (Skin)     New Skin Lesions Yes No Pigmentation Changes Yes No   Changes to Existing Lesions Yes No                 Neurological (Nerves)     Tremors Yes No Seizures Yes No   Loss of Balance Yes No Tingling or Numbness Yes No             Musculoskeletal     Joint Pain Yes No Joint Swelling Yes No   Muscle Pain Yes No                 Endocrine     Cold Intolerance Yes No Heat Intolerance Yes No   Loss of Hair Yes No Weight Loss Yes No   Weight Gain Yes No Hot Flashes Yes No             Psychiatric     Anxiety Yes No Depression Yes No   Difficulty Sleeping Yes No                 Hematologic/Lymph Nodes     Easy Bleeding Yes No Easy Bruising Yes No   Enlargement or Tenderness Yes No                 Allergic/Immunologic     Reaction to Anesthesia Yes No Sneezing Yes No   Itchy Watery Burning Eyes Yes No       * Required Fields

Review of Systems
...   Constitutional     Weight Loss Yes No Fatigue Yes No   Fever Yes No                 Eyes     Blurred Vision Yes No Double Vision Yes No   Eye Pain Yes No                 Ears     Ringing in Ears Yes No Vertigo/Dizziness Yes No   Hearing Loss Yes No Ear Pain Yes No   Itching In Ear Yes No Roaring Sound Yes No   Ear Discharge Yes No Ear Fullness Yes No   Pressure Sensation Yes No                 Nose     Nasal Obstruction Yes No Nasal Pain Yes No   Decreased Sense of Smell Yes No Nose Bleeding Yes No   Nasal Discharge Yes No Postnasal Drip Yes No   Nasal Congestion Yes No Snoring Yes No             Throat, Mouth & Sinus     Sore Throat Yes No Swollen Glands Yes No   Difficulty Swallowing Yes No Change In Voice Yes No   Hoarseness Yes No Lump In Throat Sensation Yes No   Neck Tenderness Yes No Mouth Pain Yes No   Frequently Throat Clearing Yes No Dentures Yes No   Sinus Pain Yes No Headaches Yes No             Cardiovascular     Chest Pain Yes No Palpitations Yes No   High Blood Pressure Yes No                 Respiratory (Lungs)     Shortness of Breath Yes No Wheezing Yes No   Cough Yes No Coughing Blood Yes No             Gastrointestinal (Stomach)     Nausea Yes No Vomiting Yes No   Difficulty Swallowing Yes No Painful Swallowing Yes No   Excessive Belching Yes No Heartburn/Acid Reflux Yes No             Genitourinary     Urgency Yes No Frequency Yes No   Pain When Urinating Yes No                 Integumentary (Skin)     New Skin Lesions Yes No Pigmentation Changes Yes No   Changes to Existing Lesions Yes No                 Neurological (Nerves)     Tremors Yes No Seizures Yes No   Loss of Balance Yes No Tingling or Numbness Yes No             Musculoskeletal     Joint Pain Yes No Joint Swelling Yes No   Muscle Pain Yes No                 Endocrine     Cold Intolerance Yes No Heat Intolerance Yes No   Loss of Hair Yes No Weight Loss Yes No   Weight Gain Yes No Hot Flashes Yes No             Psychiatric     Anxiety Yes No Depression Yes No   Difficulty Sleeping Yes No                 Hematologic/Lymph Nodes     Easy Bleeding Yes No Easy Bruising Yes No   Enlargement or Tenderness Yes No                 Allergic/Immunologic     Reaction to Anesthesia Yes No Sneezing Yes No   Itchy Watery Burning Eyes Yes No       * Required Fields

Throat
...Tonsillitis, voice disorders, and even hoarseness all interfere with our ability to communicate...

Cancer
...Signs of cancer of the head and neck include changes in the skin, pain, prolonged hoarseness, and sudden loss of voice...

About Your Voice
... Voice problems occur with a change in the voice, often described as hoarseness, roughness, or a raspy quality...

Common Problems That Can Affect Your Voice
...The most common causes of hoarseness and vocal difficulties are outlined below...

Can the Medications I Take Harm My Voice
... Inflammation and hoarseness of the vocal cords Commonly prescribed inhaled steroid medications for asthma frequently cause hoarseness...

Gastroesphageal Reflux (GERD)
...Instead, they experience pain in the chest that can be sever enough to mimic the pain of a heart attack, hoarseness in the morning, or trouble swallowing...

Laryngeal (Voice Box) Cancer
... Signs and Symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer Signs and symptoms of laryngeal cancer include: progressive or persistent hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, persistent sore throat or pain with swallowing, difficulty breathing, pain in the ear, or a lump in the neck...

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux and Children
... Chronic cough Hoarseness Noisy breathing (stridor) Croup Reactive airway disease (asthma) Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) Spit-up Feeding difficulty Turning blue (cyanosis) Aspiration Pauses in breathing (apnea) Apparent life-threatening event (ALTE) Failure to thrive (a severe deficiency in growth, where an infant or child is less than 5 percentile, compared to the expected norm) What are the complications of LPR...

Nodules, Polyps, and Cysts
...As with vocal cord polyps and nodules, the size and location of vocal cord cysts affect the degree of disruption of vocal cord vibration and subsequently the severity of hoarseness or other voice problem...

Pediatric GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) and Your Otolaryngologist
...Consequently, other typical symptoms could include crying/irritability, poor appetite/feeding and swallowing difficulties, failure to thrive/weight loss, regurgitation ("wet burps" or outright vomiting), stomach aches (dyspepsia), abdominal/chest pain (heartburn), sore throat, hoarseness, apnea, laryngeal and tracheal stenoses, asthma/wheezing, chronic sinusitis, ear infections/fluid, and dental caries...

Special Care for Occupational and Professional Voice Users
...Do not accept hoarseness as part of the job...

Tips for Healthy Voices
Voice problems usually are associated with hoarseness (also known as roughness), instability, or problems with voice endurance...

Vocal Cord Paralysis
... Voice changes: Hoarseness; breathy voice; extra effort on speaking; excessive air pressure required to produce usual conversational voice; and diplophonia (voice sounds like a gargle)...

GERD and LPR
...” Some patients have hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, throat clearing, and difficulty with the sensation of drainage from the back of the nose (“postnasal drip”)...

Hoarseness: Insight into voice changes
Insight into voice changes What causes hoarseness...

Sore Throats
...Other important symptoms can include hoarseness, noisy breathing, a lump in the neck, unexplained weight loss, and/or spitting up blood in the saliva or phlegm...

Facial Sports Injuries
...Hoarseness or difficulty breathing after a blow to the neck are warning signs of a serious injury and the injured person should receive immediate medical attention...

Mouth Sores
...Other symptoms include a lump or mass that can be felt inside the mouth or neck; pain or difficulty in swallowing, speaking, or chewing; any wart-like mass; hoarseness that lasts for more than two weeks; or any numbness in the oral/facial region...

Post-Nasal Drip
...When the nerves and muscles in the mouth, throat, and food passage (esophagus) aren't interacting properly, overflow secretions can spill into the voice box (larynx) and breathing passages (trachea and bronchi), causing hoarseness, throat clearing, or coughing...

Facial Sports Injuries
...Hoarseness or difficulty breathing after a blow to the neck are warning signs of a serious injury and the injured person should receive immediate medical attention...

Head and Neck Cancer
...This is particularly serious if it is associated with difficulty in swallowing, hoarseness, or a lump in the neck...

Facial Sports Injuries
...Hoarseness or difficulty breathing after a blow to the neck are warning signs of a serious injury and the injured person should receive immediate medical attention...

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux and Children
... Chronic cough Hoarseness Noisy breathing (stridor) Croup Reactive airway disease (asthma) Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) Frank spit up Feeding difficulty Turning blue (cyanosis) Aspiration Pauses in breathing (apnea) Apparent life threatening event (ALTE) Failure to thrive (a severe deficiency in growth such that an infant or child is less than five percentile compared to the expected norm) What are the complications of LPR...

Pediatric GERD
...Consequently, other typical symptoms could include crying/irritability, poor appetite/feeding and swallowing difficulties, failure to thrive/weight loss, regurgitation ("wet burps" or outright vomiting), stomach aches (dyspepsia), abdominal/chest pain (heartburn), sore throat, hoarseness, apnea, laryngeal and tracheal stenoses, asthma/wheezing, chronic sinusitis, ear infections/fluid, and dental caries...

Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
...Your child may have a lump in the neck, continuous swollen lymph nodes, a tight or full feeling in the neck, and/or trouble with breathing or swallowing, hoarseness...

Common Problems That Can Affect Your Voice
...The most common causes of hoarseness and vocal difficulties are outlined below...

Laryngeal (Voice Box) Cancer
... Signs and Symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer Signs and symptoms of laryngeal cancer include: progressive or persistent hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, persistent sore throat or pain with swallowing, difficulty breathing, pain in the ear, or a lump in the neck...

Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
...Your child may have a lump in the neck, continuous swollen lymph nodes, a tight or full feeling in the neck, and/or trouble with breathing or swallowing, hoarseness...

Head and Neck Cancer
...This is particularly serious if it is associated with difficulty in swallowing, hoarseness or a lump in the neck...