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Long-term follow-up results of selective laryngeal adductor denervation-reinnervation surgery for adductor spasmodic dysphonia. Laryngoscope 2006 Apr;116(4):635-42

Date

04/06/2006

Pubmed ID

16585872

DOI

10.1097/01.MLG.0000201990.97955.E4

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-33645923697   43 Citations

Abstract

Selective laryngeal adductor denervation-reinnervation surgery for the treatment of adductor spasmodic dysphonia was reported in 1999 in 21 patients with encouraging results. Here, we report long-term results of this procedure. Surgical outcome was evaluated using patient surveys and perceptual voice assessment. Measured outcomes included Voice Handicap Index (VHI)-10 scores, patient questionnaire, and perceptual evaluation for voice breaks and breathiness. Patient survey was obtained from 83 patients, and perceptual voice evaluation was performed in voice samples from 46 patients. Average follow-up interval was 49 months. Mean VHI-10 scores improved from a mean of 35.6 to 12.7. Eighty-three percent showed significantly improved VHI-10 scores, representing improved physical, social, and emotional well-being. There was a high degree of patient satisfaction, with 91% agreeing that their voice is more fluent after the surgery. Perceptual evaluation of postoperative voice samples revealed voice breaks in 26% (15% mild, 4% moderate, 7% severe) and breathiness in 30% (11% mild, 13% moderate, 6% severe). A majority of patients had stable, long-lasting resolution of spasmodic voice breaks.

Author List

Chhetri DK, Mendelsohn AH, Blumin JH, Berke GS

Author

Joel H. Blumin MD Chief, Professor in the Otolaryngology department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adult
Aged
Autonomic Denervation
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Humans
Laryngeal Nerves
Male
Middle Aged
Phonation
Reoperation
Retrospective Studies
Surveys and Questionnaires
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Vocal Cords
Voice Disorders
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