Videostroboscopy of Larynx Determines Function of Vocal Cords and Voice Box By Frank Brettschneider, D.O.

A videostroboscopy of the larynx allows physicians to diagnose issues that affect the voice box and vocal cords. Doctors utilize the technology to determine the causes of such issues as abnormal hoarseness or tone from medical complications associated with acid reflux, polyps, growths, or irritation. The videostroboscopy also reveals muscle defects that make it hard for people to swallow.

Performed as an outpatient procedure, a videostroboscopy takes about 20 minutes. Using a flexible endoscope comprised of a fiber-optic strobe light and camera on a thin tube, the doctor asks the patient to speak. The speech examination entails several different sounds, providing a complete picture of the larynx and throat structure. Video equipment records the sounds of the voice as well as the motion of the vocal cords to facilitate further examination after the videostroboscopy.

About the Author:
Frank Brettschneider, D.O., possesses nearly a quarter-century of experience as an otolaryngologist. He regularly diagnoses and treats such conditions as allergies, sleep apnea, thyroid disease, sino-nasal disorders, hearing problems, and issues that affect speech. In addition, Dr. Frank Brettschneider uses laser treatment to remove hair and tattoos and to reduce the appearance of vascular lesions.

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