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Introduction to Mouth and Throat Disorders

By Clarence T. Sasaki, MD, American Laryngological Association;Dysphagia;Yale University School of Medicine

Disorders of the throat (pharynx) and voice box (larynx) may represent short-lived (acute) inflammation and infections, persistent (chronic) inflammation, or abnormal growths that are more common among adults.

Specific disorders include

Vocal nodules, papillomas, and laryngoceles may occur as commonly in children as in adults.

Throat infections (pharyngitis) are particularly common among children, although adults may be affected as well. Causes, symptoms, and treatment are similar in both groups (see Sore Throat), except that in adults (and sexually abused children), gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease, may affect the throat.

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