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P Roldan-Ramos, L A Reyes-Figueroa, J Rumia, E Martinez-Lizana, A Donaire, M Carreno-Martinez
AIM: To describe clinical results and complications derived from vagal nerve stimulation therapy in drug resistant epileptic patients unsuitable for other surgical treatments, since the first implant in an epilepsy national referral centre. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the patients implanted in our centre was held. Data related to baseline characteristics of their epilepsy and therapy complications was collected. RESULTS: 32 new implants in 31 patients are included, mean age of 34 years, 29...
November 1, 2016: Revista de Neurologia
Marco Guzman, Rodrigo Jara, Christian Olavarria, Paloma Caceres, Geordette Escuti, Fernanda Medina, Laura Medina, Sofia Madrid, Daniel Muñoz, Anne-Maria Laukkanen
PURPOSE: The purpose of the present study was to determine the efficacy of water resistance therapy (WRT) in a long-term period of voice treatment in subjects diagnosed with voice disorders. METHODS: Twenty participants, with behavioral dysphonia, were randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups: (1) voice treatment with WRT, and (2) voice treatment with tube phonation with the distal end in air (TPA). Before and after voice therapy, participants underwent aerodynamic, electroglottographic, acoustic, and auditory-perceptual assessments...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Nelson Roy, Rebecca A Fetrow, Ray M Merrill, Christopher Dromey
Purpose: Vocal hyperfunction, related to abnormal laryngeal muscle activity, is considered the proximal cause of primary muscle tension dysphonia (pMTD). Relative fundamental frequency (RFF) has been proposed as an objective acoustic marker of vocal hyperfunction. This study examined (a) the ability of RFF to track changes in vocal hyperfunction after treatment for pMTD and (b) the influence of dysphonia severity, among other factors, on the feasibility of RFF computation. Method: RFF calculations and dysphonia severity ratings were derived from pre- and posttreatment recordings from 111 women with pMTD and 20 healthy controls...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
Joël L'Hermite, Elisabeth Dubout, Sophie Bouvet, Laure-Hélène Bracoud, Philippe Cuvillon, Jean-Emmanuel de La Coussaye, Jacques Ripart
BACKGROUND: Sore throat is a common complaint after surgery. It affects patient satisfaction and can affect activity after discharge. The supraglottic airway device (SAD) offers an alternative to traditional tracheal intubation with potential benefit in preventing sore throat. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the incidence of sore throat following three different SADs, the laryngeal mask airway Unique (LMA-U) and the more recent LMA Supreme (LMA-S) and the I-gel...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
Matthias Echternach, Fabian Burk, Michael Burdumy, Christian T Herbst, Marie Köberlein, Michael Döllinger, Bernhard Richter
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: In professional classical singing, an even voice quality throughout the entire singing voice range is essential. Transitions between vocal registers (passaggio) are the technically most challenging aspects in classical singing. It is hypothesized that they are most affected by vocal fold mass lesions (VFML). STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study. METHODS: In this study, the effect of VFML on vocal fold vibration in the passaggio regions was analyzed in four female and three male singers suffering from organic dysphonia...
October 18, 2016: Laryngoscope
Christopher R Watts, Shaheen N Awan, Youri Maryn
PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the relationship and reliability of cepstral peak prominence (CPP) measures from two acoustic software applications, Analysis of Dysphonia in Speech and Voice (ADSV) and Praat. METHODOLOGY: Flemish and English recordings of sustained vowels and connected speech samples were analyzed using ADSV and Praat. Correlational analyses and measures of the standard error of the estimate were applied to the vowel and connected speech data obtained from the two programs...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Asanori Kiyuna, Norimoto Kise, Munehisa Hiratsuka, Shunsuke Kondo, Takayuki Uehara, Hiroyuki Maeda, Akira Ganaha, Mikio Suzuki
OBJECTIVES: Spasmodic dysphonia (SD) is considered a focal dystonia. However, the detailed pathophysiology of SD remains unclear, despite the detection of abnormal activity in several brain regions. The aim of this study was to clarify the pathophysiological background of SD. STUDY DESIGN: This is a case-control study. METHODS: Both task-related brain activity measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging by reading the five-digit numbers and resting-state functional connectivity (FC) measured by 150 T2-weighted echo planar images acquired without any task were investigated in 12 patients with adductor SD and in 16 healthy controls...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Susanna Whitling, Viveka Lyberg-Åhlander, Roland Rydell
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to examine the vocal behavior and self-assessed vocal health in women with varying everyday vocal load and functional voice problems, including patients with functional dysphonia, in three conditions: work, leisure, and a vocal loading task (VLT). STUDY DESIGN: This is a longitudinal controlled, clinical trial. METHODS: Fifty (n = 50) female subjects were tracked during 7 days' voice accumulation accompanied by a voice health questionnaire, containing general assessments with visual analogue scale and specific voice health questions...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Seyyedeh Maryam Khoddami, Saeed Talebian, Farzad Izadi, Noureddin Nakhostin Ansari
OBJECTIVE: The study aims to evaluate the reliability and the discriminative validity of surface electromyography (sEMG) in the assessment of patients with primary muscle tension dysphonia (MTD). STUDY DESIGN: The study design is cross-sectional. METHODS: Fifteen patients with primary MTD (mean age: 34.07 ± 10.99 years) and 15 healthy volunteers (mean age: 34.53 ± 10.63 years) were included. All participants underwent evaluation of sEMG to record the electrical activity of the thyrohyoid and cricothyroid muscles...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Nikolaos Spantideas, Eirini Drosou, Anastasia Bougea, Dimitrios Assimakopoulos
BACKGROUND: Voice problems are the most common and most annoying local side effect of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), affecting not only patients' treatment compliance but also their quality of life. The literature is very poor regarding prevalence, mechanism, prevention, and management of voice problems attributed to ICS use and especially for the new ICS, ciclesonide. Prevalence of dysphonia seems to be less common with the use of ciclesonide and beclomethasone dipropionate. METHOD: We conducted a bibliography review based on recently published data, including data from the recently introduced ICS, ciclesonide, which are lacking in previous reviews...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Lilah Rinsky-Halivni, Miriam Klebanov, Yehuda Lerman, Ora Paltiel
OBJECTIVES: Referral to voice therapy and recommendations for voice rest and microphone use are common interventions in occupational medicine aimed at preserving the working capability of teachers with occupation-related voice problems. Research on the impact of such interventions in terms of employment is lacking. This study examined changes in fitness (ie, ability) to work of dysphonic teachers referred to an occupational clinic and evaluated employment outcomes following voice therapy, voice rest, and microphone use...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Niran J Amar, Tulin Shekar, Tracey A Varnell, Anish Mehta, George Philip
OBJECTIVES: Mometasone furoate (MF), delivered via dry-powder inhaler (DPI) QD in the evening (PM), is a treatment option for pediatric patients with asthma. We evaluated MF delivered via a metered-dose inhaler (MDI), in children ages 5-11 years with persistent asthma. METHODS: This was a 12-week double-blind, double-dummy, placebo-controlled trial. Pateints were randomized to the following treatments: MF-MDI 50 mcg BID, MF-MDI 100 mcg BID, MF-MDI 200 mcg BID, MF-DPI 100 mcg QD PM, and placebo...
October 14, 2016: Pediatric Pulmonology
Bożena Kosztyła-Hojna, Diana Moskal, Dawid Falkowski, Anna Łobaczuk-Sitnik, Anna Kraszewska, Małgorzata Skorupa, Jacek Kita, Anna Kuryliszyn-Moskal
: Technique of high-speed digital imaging (HSDI) is unique technique, allowing for assessment of real vocal fold vibrations. AIM: The aim of the study is to present the usefulness of HSDI in the diagnosis of clinical type of dysphonia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study group was diagnosed at the Department of Clinical Phonoaudiology and Logopedics at the Medical University of Białystok and treated at the Phoniatric Clinic in years 2012-2015...
July 29, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Bożena Kosztyła-Hojna, Anna Kraszewska, Anna Łobaczuk-Sitnik, Diana Moskal, Dawid Falkowski, Jolanta Biszewska, Greta Berger
: Paralytic dysphonia is the most serious neurogenic pathology of voice quality. An important issue is to identify methods which support routine treatment. AIM: The aim of the study is to assess voice quality after electrostimulation (ES) therapy in patients with paralytic dysphonia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The group consisted of 40 patients diagnosed at the Department of Clinical Phonoaudiology and Logopedics and then treated at the Phoniatric Outpatient Clinic of the Medical University of Bialystok, Poland in years 2013-2015...
July 29, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
J R Duffy
Acquired psychogenic or functional speech disorders are a subtype of functional neurologic disorders. They can mimic organic speech disorders and, although any aspect of speech production can be affected, they manifest most often as dysphonia, stuttering, or prosodic abnormalities. This chapter reviews the prevalence of functional speech disorders, the spectrum of their primary clinical characteristics, and the clues that help distinguish them from organic neurologic diseases affecting the sensorimotor networks involved in speech production...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Angélique Remacle, Cloé Petitfils, Camille Finck, Dominique Morsomme
The purpose of this paper was to describe the gender, age, occupational status, and diagnosis of dysphonic patients. We retrospectively analyzed the medical records of 1079 patients examined at the Voice clinic of the University hospital of Liège in French-speaking Belgium. Overall, seven out of ten patients who attended the voice clinic for dysphonia were females. The patients' ages ranged from 4 to 93 (mean = 43.5). Females predominantly consulted at the age of 54 and males at the age of 9. Regarding the occupational status, workers represented more than half of our patients (53 %), while 11...
October 6, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Edwin M-L Yiu, Marco C M Lo, Elizabeth A Barrett
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to systematically review the literature on resonant voice therapy and to evaluate the level of evidence on the effectiveness of using resonant voice therapy in treating dysphonia. METHOD: Refereed journal papers from 1974 to 2014 were retrieved and reviewed by two independent reviewers using the keywords "Humming, Resonance, Resonant Voice, Semi-occluded or closed tube phonation" using available database systems. Quality of evidence was evaluated by using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE)...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Speech-language Pathology
Aline Lauria Pires Abrão, Caroline Menezes Santana, Ana Cristina Barreto Bezerra, Rivadávio Fernandes Batista de Amorim, Mariana Branco da Silva, Licia Maria Henrique da Mota, Denise Pinheiro Falcão
Orofacial manifestations occur frequently in rheumatic diseases and usually represent early signs of disease or of its activity that are still neglected in clinical practice. Among the autoimmune rheumatic diseases with potential for oral manifestations, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), inflammatory myopathies (IM), systemic sclerosis (SSc), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), relapsing polychondritis (RP) and Sjögren's syndrome (SS) can be cited. Signs and symptoms such as oral hyposalivation, xerostomia, temporomandibular joint disorders, lesions of the oral mucosa, periodontal disease, dysphagia, and dysphonia may be the first expression of these rheumatic diseases...
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Georg Kägi, Natascha Leisi, Marian Galovic, Marlise Müller-Baumberger, Werner Krammer, Bruno Weder
BACKGROUND: Up to 50% of ischaemic stroke patients show initial dysphagia, which may persist for months. Guidelines recommend switching nasogastric (NG) to percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube feeding at the second week after the stroke if impaired deglutition is expected for another 4 weeks. Precise prognostic criteria are lacking. We hypothesised that the Parramatta Hospitals' Assessment of Dysphagia (PAHD) performed 8 to 10 days after the stroke predicts impaired deglutition for another 4 weeks...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
Sheikh Asad, Idrees Sher, Jens Peters-Willke, Peter Jessup
Neurotropic melanoma (NM) is a rare variant of cutaneous melanomas. Compared with conventional melanoma, NM is more locally aggressive with an increased tendency for local recurrence but less likely for nodal or distant metastases. The often amelanotic, benign appearance may lead to treatment issues such as late presentation, diagnostic delay, misdiagnosis, insufficient surgical margins, and recurrence with resulting poor outcome. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of NM with contiguous spread to the spinal cord...
March 2016: J Spine Surg
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