Symptom complex

The aggregate of symptoms associated with a diagnosis, in the case of our practice, relating to a voice, swallowing, or airway disorder. Certain symptom complexes are virtually diagnostic for the disorder involved. Example: The symptom complex of vocal cord paralysis often includes air wasting, coughing on liquids, difficulty coughing up sputum (due to the non-percussive nature of the cough), and generalized fatigue experienced as a result of sustained voice use.