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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4773

Title: Voice-related quality of life (V-RQOL) following type I thyroplasty for unilateral vocal fold paralysis
Authors: Hogikyan, N
Wodchis, Walter P
Terrell, J E
Bradford, C R
Esclamado, R M
Keywords: Unilateral vocal fold paral- ysis
Voice-related quality of life (V-RQOL)
Type I thyroplasty
Issue Date: Sep-2000
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Hogikyan, N., Wodchis, W.P. Voice-related quality of life in patients with vocal chord paralysis. Journal of Voice. 2000;14(3):378-386.
Abstract: Unilateral vocal fold paralysis is a common clinical problem which frequently causes severe dysphonia. Various treatment options exist for this con- dition, 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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4773
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