Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hoarse Voice / Prior History of Vocal Cord Nodule

My son is having issues with his voice quality being hoarse. His speech therapist at school has asked about it twice. My son had an endoscopy and reflux study approximately 5 years ago--results from the endoscopy (no issues) and reflux study (slightly loose valve that opens). At any rate his hoarseness has continued over time. He now does martial arts which involves a lot of yelling several nights weekly. I mentioned to pediatrician but he was not concerned. Should I have him re-evaluated for this by the ENT or the GI specialist, or is this normal?

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
Your son's persistent hoarseness may very well be just a matter of voice overuse, but chronic hoarseness can also be the result of several underlying conditions. I would suggest an evaluation by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician.

Good luck!

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