Journal of Laryngology and Voice

: 2022  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-

Monkeypox, larynx and voice

Rujittika Mungunpuntipantip1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 Private Academic Consultant, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Biological Science, Joseph Ayobabalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Nigeria; Department of Community Medicine, Dr. DY Patil Medical College, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra, India; Parasitic Disease Research Center, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

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Mungunpuntipantip R, Wiwanitkit V. Monkeypox, larynx and voice.J Laryngol Voice 2022;12:15-15

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Dear Editor,

The current interesting infectious disease challenge is monkeypox. Previously, the disease was confined to and endemic in Western Africa, such as Congo and Nigeria. Because the precise path of monkeypox transmission is yet unknown, it is suggested that human-to-human transmission may exist.[1],[2],[3] Although a contaminated object is not always present, the infectious pathogen may still be present in a wound. In most circumstances, direct wound contact might occur and can lead to further problems. Furthermore, some infected wounds may be located in a concealed area, such as the groin or the genitalia, and the patient would usually dispose of contaminated materials from those specific locations in a discrete manner. Monkeypox is characterized by a feverish disease with skin lesions. Atypical clinical issues, such as diarrhea and dysphagia, are possible.[2],[3] We would like to draw attention to the potential pathology of the larynx in monkeypox.[4] As previously stated, it is possible that the patient does not have a fever or rash but presents with an unusual clinical condition.[1] In the animal model, it is confirmed that the pathological change occurs at the larynx in infected animals. Severe laryngitis is possible.[4],[5] The trachea of the infected primate animal also displayed multifocal or consolidating necrotic, dark-red mucosal lesions, which were frequently more severe close to the carina where the virus instillation took place, according to the most recent pathological investigation.[4] A similar problem can be expected in the infected human case. If the larynx is invoiced, the voice problem might occur. Laryngitis may be a clinical condition in monkeys, and the patient's voice may change. It is critical to notice voice dysfunction as a potential initial sign of monkeypox.

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