Patterns of urgent hoarseness referrals to ENT – When should we be suspicious of cancer?

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Persistent hoarseness, as a symptom of laryngeal cancer, is one of the most frequent referrals made in the “urgent suspicion of cancer” (USOC) category in Scotland. This is equivalent to the “2 week wait” category in England. The Scottish Referral Guidelines (SRG) make no exclusions on age of patients with hoarseness, unlike the NICE guidelines (1) which stipulate that referrals are only received for patients 45 years or older. Hoarseness as a presentation of laryngeal cancer is important. Most head and neck cancers present in advanced stages, yet hoarseness as a presenting symptom can be a marker of early stage disease (2). The vast majority of patients referred with hoarseness can be safely reassured and discharge following examination and while much is currently published on the risk of having laryngeal cancer (3,4), examining other factors in relation to laryngeal health and focusing on the lower risk benign group is an understudied area.

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This is an abstract of the clinical research article “Patterns of urgent hoarseness referrals to ENT – When should we be suspicious of cancer?” This clinical research article was published in the medical journal Clinical otolaryngology : official journal of ENT-UK ; official journal of Netherlands Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology & Cervico-Facial Surgery on 2021-01-06 and has been categorised as belonging to the clinical specialty of ENT. To read the full clinical research article or obtain a PDF (if available) use the links directly above. To discover more of the latest ENT clinical research articles from the medical journal Clinical otolaryngology : official journal of ENT-UK ; official journal of Netherlands Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology & Cervico-Facial Surgery please click the link below. For more of the latest ENT research articles from other leading medical journals click the link that says ENT next to the stethoscope icon at the top of the page. You can further filter clinical research articles by sub-specialties within ENT using the navigation menu at the top of the page.