Disease Information for Phonasthenia/Stress Hoarseness Syndrome

Clinical Manifestations
Signs & Symptoms
Acute loss of voice/hoarseness
Hypophonia/Strained/Quiet Voice
Odd sounding voice/husky
Voice Alteration
Voice change/disturbance/Unusual
Voice/phonation problems
Voice/rapid clipped/low volume
Disease Progression
Prognosis/Recovery/reversable usually
Disease Mechanism & Classification
CLASS/Laryngeal disorder (ex)
CLASS/Tracheonasal/larynx/pharynx (category)
PROCESS/Psychiatric/stress (misc) disorder (ex)
PROCESS/Relational/psychiatric (category)
Surgical Procedures or Treatments
TX/Rest-Time off
Drug Dosage
TX/Reassurance (self-limited/non-progressive)

Sometimes conversion disorder but usually stress triggered anxiety outlets; helped by voice training; prognsis not great; not progressive; rule out organic disease; myasthenia syndromes; Conversion aphonia: involuntary whispering despite a basically normal larynx; Onset can be sudden or gradual; Conversion disorders can sometimes be triggered by organic disorders, such as colds or flu, fatigue or exhaustion; Common symptoms are discomfort, pain or tightness in the larynx, neck and upper chest. People with this condition often have characteristics similar to those with conversion muteness; Psychotherapy is often recommended; Conversion dysphonia: often a "catch-all" term for a voice that behaves unreliably; usually hoarseness of some kind is present, and the voice my vary from high to low pitch, loud to soft, breathiness to clear/normal, falsetto breaks etc; unpredictably; People with this condition have characteristics similar to those with conversion muteness or conversion aphonia;


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