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Laryngitis is the inflammation of the larynx or the voice box. Two forms of laryngitis are acute and chronic. An acute laryngitis is one in which the symptoms occur for no more than three weeks. Otherwise, it will be classified as chronic. Common symptoms are sore throat, hoarse voice, dry cough, difficulty in swallowing, and loss of voice. Fever may also occur. The condition may arise as caused by bacterial or viral infection or by trauma. The vocal cords are irritated resulting in their swelling. Diagnostic procedures may be through laryngoscopy or biopsy and culture of abnormal lesion.

The term laryngitis came from Latin “larynx“, which in turn came from the Ancient Greek λάρυγξ (lárunx), and –”itis“, indicating inflammation.

See also


  1. Wood, J. M., Athanasiadis, T., & Allen, J. (9 October 2014). “Laryngitis”. BMJ. 349: g5827. doi:10.1136/bmj.g5827


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