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Corticosteroids: effects on voice

Watts, Christopher R. PhD*; Early, Stephen MD, FACS

Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: June 2002 - Volume 10 - Issue 3 - p 168-172
Speech therapy and rehabilitation

Current literature related to laryngeal side effects from corticosteroid use is reviewed. Specifically, findings from manuscripts that have focused on inhaled corticosteroids for management of asthma and oral corticosteroids for professional vocalists are included. Where possible, objective measures of vocal dysfunction are discussed. Because of the lack of objective phonatory measures in the literature that specify the exact phonatory disruption secondary to administration of corticosteroids, directions for future research in that area are proposed.

*University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA, and University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

Correspondence to Christopher R. Watts, PhD, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, 2000 University Commons, Mobile, AL 36688, USA; e-mail:

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.