Diagnostic Challenge of Sulcus Vocalis Made Easier

JOURNAL TITLE: International Journal of Phonosurgery & Laryngology

Author
1. Harsh Karan Gupta
2. Ajay Eknath Shedge
ISSN
2230-7508
DOI
10.5005/jp-journals-10023-1102
Volume
5
Issue
2
Publishing Year
2015
Pages
3
Author Affiliations
    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Bombay Hospital Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Bombay Hospital Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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    Abstract

    Objectives

    To introduce a simple diagnostic test performed with white light laryngoscopy for the diagnosis of sulcus vocalis.

    Materials and methods

    This is a retrospective observational study. A total of 14 patients with voice-related complaints and a phonatory gap on examination were included. Obvious structural and neuromuscular glottic pathologies were excluded. Phonatory gap was measured using white light rigid laryngoscopy with the technique described here. Findings were then correlated with stroboscopy.

    Results

    All 14 patients (10 U/L and 4 B/L), observed to have an asymmetric phonatory gap on white light rigid laryngoscopy, were diagnosed with sulcus vocalis.

    Conclusion

    An asymmetric phonatory gap, as seen on white light laryngoscopy and measured with the simple technique mentioned here, should make the laryngologist suspect a sulcus vocalis. However, the diagnosis needs to be confirmed by stroboscopy.

    How to cite this article

    Nerurkar NK, Gupta HK, Shedge AE. Diagnostic Challenge of Sulcus Vocalis Made Easier. Int J Phonosurg Laryngol 2015;5(2):39-41.

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