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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346796/background-factors-and-subjective-voice-symptoms-in-patients-with-acquired-vocal-fold-scarring-and-sulcus-vocalis
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Emma Malmström, Stellan Hertegård
OBJECTIVE: Vocal fold scarring (VFS) and sulcus vocalis (SV) often result in severe and chronic voice disorders. This study compares subjective voice complaints as rated with the Voice Handicap Index and etiological factors for patients with VFS and SV. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data were collected from the medical records at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Karolinska University Hospital, for 27 VFS patients and 27 SV patients. Descriptive background factors were compared between the groups and data were compared from the Swedish Voice Handicap Index (Sw-VHI) questionnaires...
January 18, 2018: Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344405/lee-silverman-voice-treatment-versus-standard-speech-and-language-therapy-versus-control-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial-pd-comm-pilot
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Catherine M Sackley, Christina H Smith, Caroline E Rick, Marian C Brady, Natalie Ives, Smitaa Patel, Rebecca Woolley, Francis Dowling, Ramilla Patel, Helen Roberts, Sue Jowett, Keith Wheatley, Debbie Kelly, Gina Sands, Carl E Clarke
Background: Speech-related problems are common in Parkinson's disease (PD), but there is little evidence for the effectiveness of standard speech and language therapy (SLT) or Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD®). Methods: The PD COMM pilot was a three-arm, assessor-blinded, randomised controlled trial (RCT) of LSVT LOUD®, SLT and no intervention (1:1:1 ratio) to assess the feasibility and to inform the design of a full-scale RCT. Non-demented patients with idiopathic PD and speech problems and no SLT for speech problems in the past 2 years were eligible...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338292/temporalis-fascia-transplantation-for-sulcus-vocalis-and-vocal-fold-scar-long-term-outcomes
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William E Karle, Samuel N Helman, Amy Cooper, Yuan Zhang, Michael J Pitman
OBJECTIVE: Sulcus vocalis and vocal fold scar involve derangement of the superficial lamina propria of the vocal fold, which results in significant dysphonia. Many options exist for treatment, most of which have unsatisfactory and unpredictable outcomes. Autologous transplantation of temporalis fascia into the vocal fold (ATFV) has the potential to be a better treatment option, but long-term outcomes have not been well studied. METHODS: Retrospective chart review and patient survey...
January 1, 2018: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336200/does-cpap-affect-patient-reported-voice-outcomes
#4
Vance Hartke, Amanda Gillespie, Libby J Smith, Ryan J Soose
Upper aerodigestive tract symptoms are common in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It remains unclear whether continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) improves or worsens these otolaryngology symptoms. As therapy-related side effects limit CPAP adherence, this study aimed to determine if CPAP negatively affects voice, sinonasal, and reflux symptoms of the upper airway. Case series with planned data collection was performed at an academic otolaryngology sleep center. Newly diagnosed patients with OSA were evaluated before and 6 months after initiating CPAP therapy...
January 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322244/metacontrol-and-body-ownership-divergent-thinking-increases-the-virtual-hand-illusion
#5
Ke Ma, Bernhard Hommel
The virtual hand illusion (VHI) paradigm demonstrates that people tend to perceive agency and bodily ownership for a virtual hand that moves in synchrony with their own movements. Given that this kind of effect can be taken to reflect self-other integration (i.e., the integration of some external, novel event into the representation of oneself), and given that self-other integration has been previously shown to be affected by metacontrol states (biases of information processing towards persistence/selectivity or flexibility/integration), we tested whether the VHI varies in size depending on the metacontrol bias...
January 10, 2018: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315133/vaginal-health-of-postmenopausal-women-on-nutraceutical-containing-equol
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Salvatore Caruso, Stefano Cianci, Valentina Fava, Agnese M C Rapisarda, Silvia Cutello, Antonio Cianci
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of nutraceuticals containing equol on vaginal health of postmenopausal women with vulvovaginal symptoms and dyspareunia. METHODS: One hundred twenty-six natural postmenopausal women on +1b +1c (2 and 3-6 y after the final menstrual period, respectively) of the Stages of Reproductive Aging Workshop were enrolled in a nonrandomized trial. Of these, 72 women accepted to use nutraceutical (group A). The remaining 54 women refused the treatment and participated as the control group (group B)...
January 8, 2018: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314074/efficacy-of-type-i-thyroplasty-after-endoscopic-cordectomy-for-early-stage-glottic-cancer-literature-review
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Caitlin Bertelsen, Lindsay Reder
OBJECTIVE: As phonomicrosurgical techniques have evolved, endoscopic cordectomy (EC) has been used more commonly for early-stage glottic cancer. Patients undergoing more extensive surgery often experience significant postoperative dysphonia for which there is no standard treatment. Surgical options include injection laryngoplasty and thyroplasty. We reviewed the literature to evaluate the efficacy of thyroplasty after EC. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search was conducted to identify studies of adults undergoing thyroplasty for dysphonia after EC for glottic cancer...
January 4, 2018: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300394/screening-value-of-v-rqol-in-the-evaluation-of-occupational-voice-disorders
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Joanna Morawska, Ewa Niebudek-Bogusz, Justyna Wiktorowicz, Mariola Śliwińska-Kowalska
BACKGROUND: Given the growing number of occupational voice users, easy and quick broad-scale screening is necessary to provide prophylaxis of voice disorders. The aim of the study was to assess applicability of the Voice Related Quality of Life questionnaire (V-RQOL) to screening occupational voice disorders. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The research comprised 284 subjects divided into 3 groups: 0 - the control group of normophonic subjects, non-professional voice users (N = 60), 1 - occupational voice users with objectively confirmed voice disorders (N = 124), 2 - the non-randomized group of occupational voice users with and without voice problems (N = 100)...
December 28, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282507/recovery-of-voice-after-reconstruction-of-the-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-and-adjuvant-nimodipine
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P Mattsson, A Frostell, G Björck, J K E Persson, R Hakim, J Zedenius, M Svensson
BACKGROUND: Transection injury to the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) has been associated with permanent vocal fold palsy, and treatment has been limited to voice therapy or local treatment of vocal folds. Microsurgical repair has been reported to induce a better function. The calcium channel antagonist nimodipine improves functional recovery after experimental nerve injury and also after cranial nerve injury in patients. This study aims to present voice outcome in patients who underwent repair of the RLN and received nimodipine during regeneration...
December 28, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277289/voice-and-swallowing-outcomes-following-hypoglossal-nerve-stimulation-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea
#10
Andrew J Bowen, Amy S Nowacki, Alan H Kominsky, Douglas K Trask, Michael S Benninger, Paul C Bryson
OBJECTIVE: Hypoglossal nerve stimulation is an effective treatment for a subset of patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Although multiple clinical trials demonstrate its efficacy, no previous literature explores the potential impact the stimulator has on swallowing and voice. Our primary objective is to evaluate patient reported post-operative changes in voice or swallowing following hypoglossal nerve stimulator placement. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study...
December 15, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242922/outcomes-following-cordotomy-by-coblation-for-bilateral-vocal-fold-immobility
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Michael S Benninger, Roy Xiao, Kyra Osborne, Paul C Bryson
Importance: Bilateral vocal fold immobility (BVFI) can result in considerable voice and airway impairment. Although the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is commonly used in transverse cordotomy, the coblator, a minimally invasive, low-thermal technology, has been increasingly used in otolaryngology. Objective: To investigate outcomes associated with coblation to treat BVFI. Design, Setting, and Participants: A retrospective case series was conducted between January 2012 and June 2017 including 19 patients with BVFI who underwent cordotomy by coblation in a single tertiary care institution...
December 14, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242052/endoscopic-and-phoniatric-evaluation-in-singing-students
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Andrea Nacci, Giovanna Baracca, Salvatore Osvaldo Romeo, Maria Denise Cavaliere, Maria Rosaria Barillari, Stefano Berrettini, Francesco Ursino, Bruno Fattori
OBJECTIVES: In To analyze laryngostroboscopic findings and ENT/phoniatric examination results in a group of singing students and in a control group of non-singing subjects to emphasize the importance of ENT/phoniatric examination and of laryngostroboscopy before taking up singing. METHODS: 56 singing students and 60 healthy euphonic non-singer volunteers were recruited. In each subject a perceptual assessment and a self-assessment (VHI) of the voice were performed...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231951/phonomicrosurgery-in-vocal-fold-nodules-quantification-of-outcomes-in-professional-and-non-professional-voice-users
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Philipp P Caffier, Tatjana Salmen, Tatiana Ermakova, Eleanor Forbes, Seo-Rin Ko, Wen Song, Manfred Gross, Tadeus Nawka
There are few data demonstrating the specific extent to which surgical intervention for vocal fold nodules (VFN) improves vocal function in professional (PVU) and non-professional voice users (NVU). The objective of this study was to compare and quantify results after phonomicrosurgery for VFN in these patient groups. METHODS: In a prospective clinical study, surgery was performed via microlaryngoscopy in 37 female patients with chronic VFN manifestations (38±12 yrs, mean±SD). Pre- and postoperative evaluations of treatment efficacy comprised videolaryngostroboscopy, auditory-perceptual voice assessment, voice range profile (VRP), acoustic-aerodynamic analysis, and voice handicap index (VHI-9i)...
December 2017: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231041/using-trial-vocal-fold-injection-to-select-vocal-fold-scar-patients-who-may-benefit-from-more-durable-augmentation
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Thomas L Carroll, Aaron Dezube, Laura A Bauman, Pavan S Mallur
OBJECTIVES: Clinical indications for vocal fold injection augmentation (VFI) are expanding. Prior studies demonstrate the benefit of trial VFI for select causes of glottic insufficiency. No studies have examined trial VFI for glottic insufficiency resulting from true vocal fold (TVF) scar. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of patients who underwent trial VFI for a dominant pathology of TVF scar causing dysphonia. Patients who subsequently underwent durable augmentation were identified...
December 1, 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223491/a-study-of-vhi-scores-and-acoustic-features-in-street-vendors-as-occupational-voice-users
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Yaser S Natour, Wesam B Darawsheh, Sara Bashiti, Majd Wari, Juhayna Taha, Thair Odeh
PURPOSE: to investigate acoustic features of phonation and perception of voice handicap in street vendors. METHODS: Eighty-eight participants (44 street vendors, 44 controls) were recruited. The mean age of the group was 38.9±16.0 years (range: 20-78 years). Scores of the Arabic version of the Voice Handicap Index (VHI-Arab) were used for analysis. Acoustic measures of fundamental frequency (F0), jitter, shimmer, and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) were also analyzed...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219184/minimal-clinically-important-difference-of-voice-handicap-index-10-in-vocal-fold-paralysis
#16
VyVy N Young, Kwonho Jeong, Scott D Rothenberger, Amanda I Gillespie, Libby J Smith, Jackie L Gartner-Schmidt, Clark A Rosen
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: The Voice Handicap Index-10 (VHI-10) is commonly used to measure patients' perception of vocal handicap. Clinical consensus has previously defined clinically meaningful improvement as a decrease ≥5. This study determines the minimal clinically important difference (MCID) for VHI-10 in patients with unilateral vocal fold paralysis (UVFP) using anchor-based methodology. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort questionnaire analysis. METHODS: Two hundred eighty-one UVFP patients completed the VHI-10 on two consecutive visits (within 3 months)...
December 8, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198815/voice-profile-recovery-and-quality-of-life-changes-after-microdirect-laryngoscopy-in-three-categories-of-glottis-lesions-benign-precancerous-and-malignant
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Anna Rzepakowska, Ewelina Sielska-Badurek, Raul Cruz, Maria Sobol, Ewa Osuch-Wójcikiewicz, Kazimierz Niemczyk
The aim of the study was comparison of voice and life quality after microdirect laryngoscopy in three patient histopathological categories: benign, precancerous, and malignant glottic lesions. A totalnof 137 patients treated with microdirect laryngoscopy were included in the study. Each patient was evaluated with a multidimensional protocol before and 3, 6, and 12 months after treatment. Final 1-year evaluations were achieved in 74.5% (102). The assessment included laryngovideostroboscopy (LVS), perceptual (GRBAS) grading, aerodynamic measures including maximum phonation time and phonation quotient and acoustic measurements (Kay Elemetrics Multi-Speech program), Voice Handicap Index (VHI), Voice-Related Quality of Life questionnaire; and World Health Organization Quality of Life Scale-Brief Version (WHOQoL-BREF)...
November 30, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181176/chemoprevention-using-folic-acid-for-dysplastic-lesions-of-the-larynx
#18
Massimo Mesolella, Maurizio Iengo, Domenico Testa, Filippo Ricciardiello, Brigida Iorio
Folate deficiency may be directly associated with carcinogenesis. Folate supplementation may reduce the risk of progression in a mucosa that is already genetically altered. The aim of the present study was to determine the role of folic acid in the treatment of mild and moderate laryngeal dysplasia recurring after surgery. The data obtained by laryngoscopy, measurement of serum folate levels and functional vocal assessment with the GIRBAS scale and VHI questionnaire were compared in patients who had received folic acid with a homogeneous group of patients with dysplasia who had not undergone any therapy...
November 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160142/structural-fat-grafting-to-improve-outcomes-of-vocal-folds-fat-augmentation-long-term-results
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Giovanna Cantarella, Riccardo F Mazzola, Michele Gaffuri, Elisabetta Iofrida, Pietro Biondetti, Laura V Forzenigo, Lorenzo Pignataro, Sara Torretta
Objective Evaluating the long-term outcomes of vocal fold structural fat grafting. Study Design Case series with chart review. Setting University hospital. Subjects and Methods Seventy-nine dysphonic patients (16-82 years; 55 with unilateral laryngeal paralysis and 24 with vocal fold scarring) underwent vocal fold fat injection. Fat was harvested by low-pressure liposuction and then processed by centrifugation. Refined fat aliquots were placed in the vocal fold and paraglottic space in multiple tunnels to enhance graft neovascularization...
November 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158855/clinical-evaluation-of-terap-c-vaccine-in-combined-treatment-with-interferon-and-ribavirin-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c
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Dorta Guridi Zaily, Castellanos Fernandez Marlen, Dueñas-Carrera Santiago, Martínez Donato Gillian, Valenzuela Silva Carmen, Cinza Estevez Zurina, Arús Soler Enrique R, Alvarez-Lajonchere Liz, González Fabián Lisset, Lazo Del Vallín Sacha, Ferrer Bataille Elena
Background: An estimated 170 million individuals worldwide are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Although treatment options using a combination of pegylated interferon and ribavirin (P-IFN/RBV) are available, sustained clearance of the virus is only achieved in approximately 40% of individuals infected with HCV genotype 1. Recent advances in the treatment of HCV using directly acting antiviral agents have been achieved; however, treatment can be very expensive and is associated with substantial side effects...
2017: Current Therapeutic Research, Clinical and Experimental
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