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Longitudinal effects of Botox injections on voice-related quality of life (V-RQOL) for patients with adductory spasmodic dysphonia: part II

Adam D Rubin, Walter P Wodchis, Constance Spak, Paul R Kileny, Norman D Hogikyan
Archives of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery 2004, 130 (4): 415-20
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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the longitudinal effects of botulinum toxin type A (Botox) injections on voice-related quality of life (V-RQOL) for patients with adductory spasmodic dysphonia.

DESIGN: Prospective study.

SETTING: Academic tertiary care referral center.

PARTICIPANTS: Forty-two patients who presented to our institution with dysphonia and were diagnosed as having adductory spasmodic dysphonia during a 38-month period.

INTERVENTION: Patients received Botox injections into both thyroarytenoid muscles via the cricothyroid membrane. The typical starting dose was 1.0 U per vocal fold. If necessary, the dosage was adjusted in subsequent injections to reduce adverse effects or to enhance duration of benefit.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Patients filled out questionnaires, including the V-RQOL Measure and a self-assessed overall voice rating, before each injection. Postinjection questionnaires were completed 6 to 8 weeks after each treatment. Mean pretreatment and posttreatment scores were calculated for each treatment.

RESULTS: The number of treatments per patient ranged from 1 to 7. Statistically significant improvements in mean total and domain V-RQOL scores were calculated for every injection (P<.01) (no postinjection questionnaires were available for the seventh injections). The magnitude of the effect remained constant for later injections. Eighty-two percent of the population recorded at least 1 category of improvement in overall self-assessed voice rating with each injection.

CONCLUSIONS: Botox has a significant beneficial effect on V-RQOL for at least 6 injection cycles. This study demonstrates the efficacy of Botox for treating patients with adductory spasmodic dysphonia and further illustrates the usefulness and validity of the V-RQOL Measure in evaluating patients with dysphonia.

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