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Roadmap to the Pathway | Pathway to the Symptom Tree | View the Symptom Tree
Path I: Defining the Branches of the Symptom Tree
Symptoms Caused by Problems in the Larynx Can Be Organized Into Categories
To make sense of many symptoms, a useful framework classifies symptoms according to categories that facilitate identification of cause or diagnosis of the problem in the larynx.
As with branches of a tree, there are several levels of categories going from “main branches to smaller branches” – from main categories to more specific categories.
Path II: Defining the Symptom Cluster
- Symptoms Can Be “Clustered” into the Different Categories
- Symptom clusters can have overlapping symptoms.
- Symptom clusters list most possible symptoms.
Patients with identical voice disorders can present with varying combinations of symptoms from the disorder’s typical symptom cluster – a symptom cluster represents some or all of a patient’s complaints at any one time.
Path III: Defining the Causes of Symptom Clusters
Each Symptom Cluster Can Have Multiple Causes
Depending on severity, a particular cause of voice disorder may present with different symptom clusters – a cause may be listed in more than one symptom cluster.
Voice disorders with multiple causes often occur – hence it is not uncommon that patients recognize that their voice problem spans multiple symptom clusters and causes.
Multifactorial voice disorders are best discussed with a Voice Care professional.
Path IV: Defining “Associated Clues” of Symptom Cluster Causes
Each Category of Cause Usually Manifests With Typical Features
- Associated clues are typical-case examples, neither all inclusive or exclusive.
- Associated clues can have some overlaps with different voice disorders.
- Associated clues do not simply add up in multifactorial voice disorders (resulting from a combination of causes). Often, the resulting multifactorial voice disorder becomes more complex making them harder to diagnose and treat.
- Although associated clues represent typical case scenarios, each person’s voice disorder is unique and patient-specific needs must be addressed.
Patient education material presented here does not substitute for medical consultation or examination, nor is this material intended to provide advice on the medical treatment appropriate to any specific circumstances.
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