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Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2007 Mar;71(3):379-84. Epub 2006 Nov 29.

Voice therapy in pediatric functional dysphonia: a prospective study.

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  • 1Policlinico di Modena, Clinica Otorinolaringoiatrica, Via del Pozzo 71, 41100 Modena, Italy. niki.meg@tin.it

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We evaluated the efficacy of voice therapy according to Borragan's method associated to S. Magnani's vocal counselling in functional dysphonia in children.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

We prospectively treated 16 patients with vocal fold nodules (10 males, 6 females). Age ranged from 6 to 11 years with a mean age of 9 years. We performed a full screening phoniatric evaluation. In addition psychological tests were carried out to investigate psychological background.

RESULTS:

We lost three patients at follow-up; one patient received surgery, eight patients healed (43.75%), four improved (25%). There was no statistical difference in the analysis of electroacoustical parameters while MPT significatively raised after therapy.

CONCLUSION:

If patients have motivation voice therapy could improve functional dysphonia in children. It is also important psychological background. Further studies on bigger populations with long-term follow-up are needed.

PMID:
17137639
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