[Laryngeal electromyography in diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders].

Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Laryngeal electromyography, together with clinical evaluation, is a valuable tool in voice disorder management. It assesses the integrity of laryngeal nerves and muscles, contributing to the diagnosis of many diseases, especially laryngeal movement disorders. Our purpose was to describe the experience of the first Spanish series with laryngeal electromyography in evaluating voice disorders. METHODS A prospective study was designed to evaluate laryngeal movement disorders with laryngeal electromyography. Both the cricothyroid and thyroarytenoid muscles were tested routinely and, in some cases, the posterior cricoarytenoid muscle. The laryngeal electromyography technique and result interpretation were performed by a laryngologist and a neurophysiologist. RESULTS We included 110 patients, with the most common symptom being dysphonia. Laryngeal electromyography was performed in 85% of cases. Primary diagnosis before electromyography was laryngeal immobility. Positive predictive value for diagnosis in cases of paralysis was 88%. CONCLUSIONS Laryngeal electromyography is a useful adjunct, together with clinical evaluation, for diagnosis and management of motion abnormalities in the larynx in patients who present with dysphonia.

DOI: 10.1016/j.otorri.2012.05.004

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@article{GarcaLpez2012LaryngealEI, title={[Laryngeal electromyography in diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders].}, author={Isabel Garc{\'i}a-L{\'o}pez and Susana Santiago-P{\'e}rez and Julio Pe{\~n}arrocha-Teres and Antonio J del Palacio and Javier Gavil{\'a}n}, journal={Acta otorrinolaringológica española}, year={2012}, volume={63 6}, pages={458-64} }