LARYNGOLOGY AND BRONCHOESOPHAGOLOGY: Edited by Jacqueline E. AllenCurrent approaches to reporting pharyngo-laryngeal secretionsMiles, Annaa; Hunting, Alexb; Fletcher, Hannaha; Allen, Jacqueline E.a,cAuthor Information aThe University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand bSir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia cAuckland ENT Group, Auckland, New Zealand Correspondence to Anna Miles, PhD, Speech Science, School of Psychology, Tamaki Campus, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand. Tel: +64 9 923 8177; fax: +64 9 373 7902; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: December 2021 - Volume 29 - Issue 6 - p 479-486 doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000740 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review Accumulated secretions in the pharynx and larynx are associated with dysphagia, aspiration and pneumonia, as well as increased social, health and economic burden. This article reviews developments in the instrumental reporting of pharyngo-laryngeal secretions over the last 2 years. Recent findings Although the healthy pharynx and larynx is moist, accumulation of secretions is indicative of abnormality. Using standardized secretion scales allows early identification, quantification of risk in patients, and sensitive monitoring of patients over time. Nonstandardized and subjective secretion reporting is common in recently published research despite the validation of a number of publicly available tools. Research characterizing accumulated secretions has contributed to our understanding of pathophysiology associated with poor secretion management and may inform future treatment studies. Summary Routine and standardized reporting of secretions is critical for patient assessment and should be reported in the most standardized way possible. Further research investigating the clinical relevance and treatment of accumulated secretions relies on quantitative pharyngolaryngeal secretions reporting. Copyright © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.