Hoarseness is the major complaint of children visiting an inner-city paediatric care facility, new research has shown, suggesting that urban life could affect their vocal health.
A paper presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery considered a total of 227 patients with a mean age of seven and of those evaluated, 53 per cent were male at 47 per cent were female.
Of the 317 diagnoses made, 66 per cent had a chief complaint of hoarseness and 77 per cent of these cases had vocal nodules.
The scientists also found that 23 per cent of kids with vocal nodules had no hoarseness issues, but did present other subjective health issues.
"Thus, in a quarter of the patients, vocal nodules presented with other symptoms than hoarseness. This finding supports the role of laryngeal examination in all paediatric patients with vocal nodules," they concluded.
More than 12,000 otolaryngologists are represented by the organisation, which is based in Virginia.