Utility of voice therapy in the management of vocal fold polyps and cysts.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of voice therapy in the management of vocal fold polyps and cysts. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Retrospective review of vocal fold cysts and polyps undergoing voice therapy in a tertiary care center. Symptom resolution or persistence resulting in surgical intervention was the main outcome measure. RESULTS: Fifty-seven patients were identified, of which 49.1% achieved symptom resolution with voice therapy alone. Patients with complete glottal closure and muscle tension dysphonia did not have a better response than those with incomplete glottal closure and without muscle tension dysphonia (P = 0.1, chi(2), respectively). Patients with translucent polyps more commonly responded to voice therapy than fibrotic, hyaline, or hemorrhagic polyps, 81.8% versus 15.4% and 25.0% response rate, respectively (P = 0.002, chi(2)). CONCLUSIONS: Voice therapy is an effective treatment modality for vocal fold polyps and cysts. SIGNIFICANCE: A multidisciplinary approach including a trial of voice therapy is warranted.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cohen, SM; Garrett, CG

Published Date

  • May 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 136 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 742 - 746

PubMed ID

  • 17478208

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0194-5998

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.otohns.2006.12.009


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England