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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 May;132(5):547-9.

The use of a screening questionnaire to determine the incidence of allergic rhinitis in singers with dysphonia.

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon. alhamdan@svclb.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To report the incidence of allergic rhinitis in singers with nonspecific laryngeal examination findings and to correlate the incidence of allergic rhinitis with their vocal symptoms when present.

DESIGN:

A retrospective review of all the medical records of singers with nonspecific laryngeal findings who presented to a specialty voice center for either vocal training or therapy between June 2002 and September 2005.

SETTING:

Specialty voice center.

PARTICIPANTS:

Forty-five singers with nonspecific laryngeal findings who presented to a specialty voice center for either vocal training or therapy.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

A standardized validated questionnaire for evaluation of allergic rhinitis was filled out by all the subjects. A score above 0 was considered positive.

RESULTS:

The total prevalence of allergic rhinitis was 87% (39 of 45 subjects). The singers with vocal symptoms were approximately 15% more likely to have allergic rhinitis than those with no vocal symptoms (92% vs 84%). Singers with more than 2 vocal symptoms had a 25% higher likelihood of having allergic rhinitis.

CONCLUSIONS:

The incidence of allergic rhinitis in singers is extremely high. Hidden respiratory allergies may affect the professional voice. Proper awareness and a multidisciplinary approach are indispensable for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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