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1/2. Tracheoesophageal voice restoration following laryngotracheal separation procedure.

    OBJECTIVES: Laryngeal dysfunction leading to incompetence and intractable aspiration can be a life-threatening problem. Laryngotracheal separation (LTS) can be used to prevent aspiration, but results in aphonia. The options for laryngeal speech following LTS are limited. methods: We performed tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP) and insertion of a Blom-Singer valve in 3 patients in an attempt to restore their voice after LTS for chronic aspiration. RESULTS: Two patients had intractable aspiration (5 and 14 years) after full-course radiotherapy for laryngeal cancer, and 1 patient had aspiration after a stroke. In the first patient TEP was done as a secondary procedure, and in the other 2 patients it was done at the time of the LTS. The TEP was successful in providing these patients with phonation ability after their LTS procedure. There was no morbidity from these procedures. CONCLUSIONS: Creation of a TEP after an LTS procedure is relatively simple and relatively safe, and allows for the control of aspiration while maintaining vocal function.
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2/2. Episodic paroxysmal laryngospasm: voice and pulmonary function assessment and management.

    Episodic paroxysmal laryngospasm (EPL) is a sign of laryngeal dysfunction, often without a specific organic etiology, which can masquerade as asthma, vocal fold paralysis, or a functional voice disorder. The intermittent respiratory distress of EPL may precipitate an apparent upper airway obstructive emergency, resulting in unnecessary endotracheal intubation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or tracheostomy. During 27 months, seven women and three men, age 30-76 years, were assessed by a high diagnostic index of suspicion, an intensive history including psychosocial factors, physical examination of the airways, provocative asthma testing, and swallowing studies. Videolaryngoscopy, stroboscopy, and pulmonary flow-volume loop testing were definitive. The classic appearance was paradoxic inspiratory adduction of the anterior vocal folds with a posterior diamond-shaped glottic gap. During an attack of stridor or wheezing, attenuation of the inspiratory flow rate as depicted by the flow-volume loop suggested partial extrathoracic upper airway obstruction. Swallowing evaluation by videolaryngoscopy and videosophagography may uncover gastroesophageal reflux disease. Hallmarks of management include patient and family education by observation of laryngoscopic videos, a specific speech therapy program, psychotherapy, and medical treatment of associated disorders. electromyography may become a valuable future adjunct. Unlike laryngeal dystonia, patients with EPL do not benefit from botulinum toxin type A.
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