Quick Reference for Speech-Language Pathologists: Vocal Fold Function
Vocal fold function stats, differential diagnosis charts, and key features of voice various voice disorders for speech language pathologists.
Vocal fold function can be commonly mis-diagnosed before landing on the desk of a speech-language pathologist. Likewise, the expertise of a speech-language pathologist can guide further diagnosis that can reduce medications and the improve chance of proper diagnosis sooner.
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Quick stats on voice disorders
Differential diagnosis between asthma and vocal fold dysfunction
Sample of spirometer readings for vocal fold dysfunction
Differential diagnosis between laryngospasm and vocal fold dysfunction
Key differentiating features of the causes of vocal fold dysfunction (from Koufman et al, 2008).
Purpose: To present the differential diagnosis of paradoxical vocal fold movement (PVFM) and its distinguishing features.
Methods: The authors provide an overview of PVFM by drawing from 30 years of clinical and research experience, and relating that experience to literature in this area.
Conclusion: PVFM is characterized by inappropriate adduction of the vocal folds during inspiration. PVFM is an uncommon and some- times confusing cause of airway obstruction. The resultant obstruction may be intermittent or continuous, mild or severe. Most patients with PVFM have a specific etiology— inflammatory, neurological, neoplastic, iatrogenic, or psychological—that influences type of treatment and outcome.
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