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Year: 2013  Vol. 17   Num. Suppl. 1  - Print:
LARYNGOSCOPIC FINDINGS OF PATIENTS WITH LARYNGEAL COMPLAINTS SERVED DURING A HEALTH CAMPAIGN
Author(s):
Sunia Ribeiro, Julio Andrade De Souza, Nina Raisa Miranda Brock, Paulo Rodrigo Rodrigues, Viviane Saldanha De Oliveira, Yenly Gonzalez Perez
Abstract:

OBJECTIVE: Implementation of a 2-week campaign of a preventive and educational nature that aims to educate the public on the importance of vocal health. METHODOLOGY: The second week of the campaign began on April 13, and the presentation was held at the Fundao Hospital Adriano Jorge (FHAF). Leaflets were delivered, educational lectures were presented, and 529 people completed a questionnaire relating to the subject. These individuals were screened and examined by laryngoscopy during the week. RESULTS: Of the 529 individuals screened, 379 (71.6%) were referred for laryngoscopy. Most of these individuals were 41-60 years old and the majority were female (68.3%); the most common symptom was hoarseness (79.6%). CONCLUSION: The main finding was hoarseness, which was identified in 302 of the 379 patients assessed. The preponderance of the use of the voice at work and the lack of knowledge about the harmful effects of such use were identified as explanatory factors for this finding.

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