A hoarse voice can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose a hoarse voice, we could:
|Vocal Cord Polyps||13%||Unlikely|
|Contact Ulcers||4%||Ruled out|
|Vocal Cord Paresis||2%||Ruled out|
|Larynx Cancer||0%||Ruled out|
Has your voice become hoarse (rough or grating in sound)?
Possible responses:→ No / don't know
→ Yes, for less than one week
→ Yes, for less than one month
→ Yes, for less than one year
→ Yes, for more than one year
Irritation caused by stomach acid refluxed into the throat can lead to hoarseness.