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    Review of differential diagnosis and management of spasmodic dysphonia

    Whurr, R. and Lorch, Marjorie (2016) Review of differential diagnosis and management of spasmodic dysphonia. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery 24 (3), pp. 203-207. ISSN 1068-9508.

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    Purpose of Review: The recent literature on spasmodic dysphonia is reviewed with regard to pathogenesis, differential diagnosis, treatment options, audits, and current methods of management. Recent Findings: Advances in technology have enabled clinicians to better understand the connection between brain and laryngeal function and dysfunction. Refinements in imaging and genetic investigation techniques have led to advances in the understanding of the underlying mechanism of this neuro-laryngeal disorder. Development of diagnostic assessment tools and measures of Quality of Life hold the potential to improve treatment and care. Summary: Fifty articles published between 2014 and 2015 were selected for this review. The sources were drawn from several clinical specialties: 54% come under the scope of laryngology, 32% from neurology, and 14% from other areas. It remains poorly understood, misdiagnosed and under diagnosed. Its identification, diagnosis, treatment selection, and coordination of care require an expert specialist multi-disciplinary team. More training is required to help people who have this chronic and psychosocially disabling voice disorder, which impinges on all aspects of their lives. Spasmodic dysphonia is now classified as a “rare” disease in the USA. This designation will assist in international standards of diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and management.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): spasmodic dysphonia, laryngeal dystonia, botulinum toxin, quality of life
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2016 11:57
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:37


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