Voice-related quality of life (V-RQOL) following type I thyroplasty for unilateral vocal fold paralysis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Unilateral vocal fold paralysis is a common clinical problem which frequently causes severe dysphonia. Various treatment options exist for this condition, with the type I thyroplasty being one of the more commonly performed surgical procedures for vocal rehabilitation. The Voice-Related Quality of Life (V-RQOL) Measure is a validated outcomes instrument for voice disorders. This study measured the V-RQOL of patients with unilateral vocal fold paralysis who had undergone a type I thyroplasty and compared these scores to those of patients with untreated and uncompensated unilateral vocal fold paralysis and to normals. Treated patients had significantly higher domain and overall V-RQOL scores than untreated patients, but also scored lower than normals. These differences were true across gender and age. Patients who were more distant from surgery had lower V-RQOL scores than those who had more recently been treated. It is concluded that type I thyroplasty leads to a significantly higher V-RQOL for patients with unilateral vocal fold paralysis. This study also demonstrates further the utility of patient-oriented measures of treatment outcome.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hogikyan, ND; Wodchis, WP; Terrell, JE; Bradford, CR; Esclamado, RM

Published Date

  • September 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 378 - 386

PubMed ID

  • 11021505

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0892-1997

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0892-1997(00)80083-1


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States