Hoarseness of voice can be heard and can be diagnosed. However, it is very essential to rule out conditions that cause hoarseness. Following tests can help to come to a diagnosis of hoarseness.
- Physical Examination: In most cases, laryngitis can be diagnosed by a doctor through a clinical examination. Swollen and inflamed vocal cords, temperature, enlarged lymph nodes of the neck may be noted.
- Laryngoscopy: Laryngoscopy is an examination procedure that lets your doctor look at the back of your throat, your voice box (larynx) and vocal cords with a scope. The scope used to perform this procedure is called a laryngoscope.
Laboratory Tests :
- CBC -Full Blood Count with differential to exclude infection.
- Sputum culture to detect bacteria, fungi and viruses.
- Laryngeal mucosal swab for microbiological analysis.
- Strep Test for bacterial laryngitis
- Serology for autoimmune markers.
- Thyroid Function Tests may be required in certain cases if swelling is noted in the neck.