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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Nov;93(11):1991-4. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2012.05.028. Epub 2012 Jun 18.

Acoustic voice analysis does not identify presence of penetration/aspiration as confirmed by videofluoroscopic swallowing study.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Puli Christian Hospital, Nantou, Taiwan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate whether acoustic voice analysis can identify the presence of penetration/aspiration (P/A) as confirmed by videofluoroscopic swallowing study (VFSS).

DESIGN:

Repeated measures within subjects.

SETTING:

Rehabilitation department in a tertiary teaching hospital.

PARTICIPANTS:

Patients (N=44) with swallowing disorders referred for VFSS.

INTERVENTIONS:

Patients were asked to sustain phonations /a/ for at least 3 seconds before and after swallowing 5mL of liquid barium during a standardized VFSS. The acoustic voice analysis program was used to analyze vocal quality change.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Five acoustic parameters including average fundamental frequency, relative average perturbation, shimmer percentage, noise-to-harmonic ratio, and voice turbulence index were analyzed for each participant before and after swallowing during VFSS. Differences in the pre- and postmeasures were compared between those participants who demonstrated VFSS-confirmed P/A (n=17) and those who did not (n=27).

RESULTS:

No significant changes were noted in the 5 acoustic parameters in or between P/A and nonpenetration/aspiration groups (P>.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

As used in this study, acoustic voice analysis does not identify the presence of P/A confirmed by VFSS.

PMID:
22721869
DOI:
10.1016/j.apmr.2012.05.028
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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