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Upper respiratory

Chapter 22

TermDefinition
Alaryngeal Communication Alternative modes of speaking that do not involve the normal larynx; used by patients whose larynx has been surgically removed.
Aphonia Impaired ability to use one's voice due to disease or injury to the larynx
Apnea Cessation of breathing
Dysphasia Difficulties in swallowing
Epistaxis Hemorrhage from the mucous membrane of any area of the nose
Herpes simplex "cold sore", a cutaneous viral infection with painful vesicles and erosion on the tongue, palate, gingiva, buccal membranes or lips
Laryngectomy Surgical removal of all or part of the larynx and surrounding structures
Laryngitis Inflammation of the larynx; may be caused by voice abuse, exposure to irritants, or infectious organisms.
Pharyngitis inflammation of the throat; usually viral or bacterial in origin
Rhinitis inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose; may ne infectious, allergic, or inflammatory in origin
Rhinitis medicamentosa rebound nasal congestion commonly associated with overuse of OTC nasal decongestants.
Rhinorrhea drainage of a large amount of fluid from the nose
Rhinosinusitis inflammation of the nares and para-nasal sinuses, including frontal, ethmoid, maxillary, and sphenoid sinuses; replaces the term sinusitis
Tonsillitis inflammation of the tonsils usually due to an acute infection
Xerostomia Dryness of the mouth from a variety of causes
Created by: annakayp