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The proposal of this basic protocol is an attempt to reach better agreement and uniformity concerning the methodology for functional assessment of pathologic voices. The purpose is to allow relevant comparisons with the literature when presenting/publishing the results of voice treatment, e.g. a phonosurgical technique, or a new/improved instrument or(More)
The vocal quality of a patient is modeled by means of a Dysphonia Severity Index (DSI), which is designed to establish an objective and quantitative correlate of the perceived vocal quality. The DSI is based on the weighted combination of the following selected set of voice measurements: highest frequency (F(0)-High in Hz), lowest intensity (I-Low in dB),(More)
Sixty-six adult patients with a mean age of 44 years (range: 16-78) with chronic tonsillitis underwent laser-assisted tonsil ablation between January 1998 and January 2002. Instead of vaporization of the tonsil surface, extended serial tonsillectomy was performed, namely, vaporizing 80-90% of the palatine lymphoid tissue. Of the 66 patients, 49 (74%)(More)
The perceptual GRBAS scale for deviant voice quality (completed with a "I" parameter: Instability = fluctuation of voice quality over time) was tested in 5 different institutes on 943 voice patients. Each voice was evaluated separately by 2 professionals. The interrater correlation reaches 0.87 for G (grade), 0.70 for R (roughness), 0.69 for B (breathiness)(More)
We present herein the proposal of the European Laryngological Society working committee on nomenclature for a systematic classification of open partial horizontal laryngectomies (OPHL). This is based on the cranio-caudal extent of laryngeal structures resected, instead of a number of different and heterogeneous variables present in existing nomenclatures,(More)
OBJECTIVES Evaluation of the voice results after Wendler glottoplasty in male-to-female transsexuals (MFTs). STUDY DESIGN Retrospective case series. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed 31 MFT patients treated with a Wendler glottoplasty technique. The procedure consists of the CO2-laser de-epithelialization of the anterior commissure along with the(More)
We present a series of patients treated by transoral robotic surgery (TORS) using a new CO(2) laser wave guide (CO(2) LWG) (Lumenis, Santa Clara, CA). Patients older than 18 years, with malignant pharyngo-laryngeal tumors were enrolled in this prospective study after signing an informed consent. Four patients were enrolled in the study. The mean age was 56(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to create benchmarks for evaluating clinical outcomes and complications of transoral robotic surgeries (TORS) in a multicenter setting. METHODS 243 TORS for obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) operations, carried out between 2008 and 2012, were analyzed at 7 different centers. The average hospitalization(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of the present study was to review the technique of endoscopic laser-assisted esophagodiverticulostomy (ELAED) for the treatment of Zenker's diverticulum. METHODS We reviewed 83 cases of ELAED performed for the treatment of Zenker's diverticuli during the past decade. RESULTS ELAED-treated patients had a reduced hospital stay(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate the objective voice results of Wendler's glottoplasty in male-to-female transsexuals. METHOD We retrospectively reviewed our patients treated with Wendler's technique with minor modifications. Glottoplasty consisted in CO(2)-laser epithelial ablation of the anterior commissure and the two vocal folds in(More)