Voice disorders arise from the larynx ("voice box") and may be triggered by vocal strain, gastroesophageal reflux ("heartburn" or GERD), lesions on the vocal cords such as nodules, cysts, or polyps, sid effects from medications, trauma, neurologic disorders and smoking. Symptoms of throat disorders include hoarseness, throat discomfort, shortness of breath, swallowing disorders, and occasionally, ear pain.
The field of throat disorders is known as laryngology. This field is rapidly developing with new techniques for diagnosing throat abnormalities using special fiberoptic endoscopes in an ENT office to examine the anatomy of the larynx and esophagus. Increasingly, these special scopes are being adapted to allow for office-based treatment of vocal cord abnormalities, without the need for general anesthesia. Video stroboscopy allows for visualization of changes in fine vocal cord motion that improves diagnosis of subtle voice problems. The physicians at Ear, Nose and Throat Medical Associates of San Mateo are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for patients with voice disorders using the latest technology for diagnosing and treating these disorders.
VOICE ANALYSIS USING VIDEOSTROBOSCOPY
Videostroboscopy is state-of-the-art technology provides a magnified view of the larynx, and simulates slow-motion vibration of the vocal cords. This procedure is the gold-standard in laryngological diagnostics facilitating the identification of various vocal cord conditions and abnormalities by providing us with outstanding views of the larynx and the vibrating vocal cords.
It is minimally-invasive and painless. We may use a decongestant and possibly topical anesthesia to make the approach more comfortable. No particular preparation is required for the patient for videostroboscopy.