Hoarseness can refer to any changes in the voice resulting in a breathy, rough, raspy or strained quality with differences in vocal projection or pitch. These changes can be either acute or chronic and are due to conditions including laryngitis or inflammation of the vocal folds, laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR, acid reflux), vocal overuse, muscle tension and vocal fold masses (polyps, cysts, nodules). Most treatment is conservative and involves medication, speech and/or singing voice therapy and temporary modifications in voice use. Although in some severe circumstances, surgery may be required.
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