What is the role of speech therapy in the treatment of Parkinson disease (PD)?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Medications and surgery cannot effectively treat the laryngeal manifestations of Parkinson disease. For this reason, speech therapy plays a key role in the disease's vocal treatment regimen. Speech therapy is effective in treating the laryngeal manifestations of Parkinson disease, but despite the significant number of patients with vocal symptoms, only an estimated 3-4% of patients with Parkinson disease undergo speech therapy.


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