The presence of a void in the convolution of the sound was first recognized by Reinke in 1895 and began to be remembered in his name. Reinke space, one of the layers of the voicemail, has a critical role in sound production. This layer is called Reinke's edema when the Reinke gap is excessively thickened with liquid and a gelatinous substance over time.
It is necessary to refer all patients who have a voice change complaint to an otolaryngologist and / or refer to a full otolaryngologist and head and neck examination. The diagnosis of Reinke's edema can be made by endoscopic imaging (videolaryngoscopy) of the voice that can be performed comfortably in the outpatient setting after the patient's complaints are heard and examined. The voice is visible due to edema on the endoscopic image that can be seen with the patient's own eyes on the screen. This thickening can be seen unilaterally as well as bilaterally.
Why does Reinke Edema occur?
Smoking, reflux disease and misuse of the voice are among the most common known causes. Apart from these, hormonal changes such as allergy, hypothyroidism may also be caused.
What is the Reinke Edema symptoms?
Typical symptoms are fatigue, stubble coarseness, frequent throat clearing needs, tiredness of the stomach with falls in the perineal area compared to normal voice. Complaints of female patients due to changes in the stomach are a typical sign of this disease, because their voice is confused with a male voice on the phone or mixed with a male voice. Breast neoplasia is not typically found in the early stages but may accompany this indication at later stages of the disease.
After these symptoms, the patient must be sure to go to the doctor to diagnose the disease. The treatment method should be started after diagnosis of the disease.