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date: 22 February 2020

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Singing voice function depends upon the complex and ever-changing interaction of musculoskeletal alignment, respiration, phonation, resonance, and articulation. Inefficiency in any of these areas can lead to vocal dysfunction, ranging from excessive muscle tension and fatigue to organic pathology of vocal fold tissue. As “vocal athletes,” singers require special diagnostic and treatment consideration when voice difficulty develops, as they must maintain higher-than-normal levels of phonatory agility, strength, and stamina to repeatedly execute intricate laryngeal maneuvers. This chapter highlights functional etiologies of vocal difficulties and gives greater attention and detail to those organic pathologies more common in the singing population. The specialized recovery process necessary in an injured singer is also discussed.

Keywords: vocal dysfunction, organic pathologies, diagnosis, treatment

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