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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.



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


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.


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.


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.

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