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HNO. 2013 Aug;61(8):678-82. doi: 10.1007/s00106-013-2726-z.

[Psychogenic aphonia. A challenging diagnosis?].

[Article in German]

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Klinik für Hals-, Nasen- und Ohrenheilkunde, Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes, Kirrberger Str. 1/Gebäude 6, 66421, Homburg/Saar, Deutschland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Based on clinical experience in the treatment of psychogenic aphonic patients, the study aimed to analyse the time interval between symptom onset and diagnosis using concrete data and to identify the cause of delayed diagnosis.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

The medical records of 14 patients (all female) with psychogenic aphonia first diagnosed at the ENT department of the Saarland University Clinic were evaluated in a retrospective study.

RESULTS:

The time interval between symptom onset and the diagnosis of psychogenic aphonia ranged from 1 to 32 weeks, with a mean time interval of 9 weeks. In addition to all patients consulting an ENT specialist, additional diagnostic procedures (primarily imaging) were performed in 6 of 14 patients before the correct diagnosis was made. In all, 13 patients had previously undergone some form of therapy, 11 of these receiving antibiotic treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:

The study confirms that unnecessary instrument-based"over-diagnosis", as well as ineffective treatment attempts lead to significant delays in the diagnosis of psychogenic aphonia and hence delays in the initiation of causal treatment.

PMID:
23907206
DOI:
10.1007/s00106-013-2726-z
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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