What is the benefit of an otolaryngologist consultation for patients with Parkinson disease (PD)?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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An otolaryngologist can offer vocal fold bulking procedures in the form of vocal fold injection or Gore-Tex thyroplasty as a possibility in treating refractory true vocal fold bowing. Bilateral injections to medialize the vocal fold can offer improvement, unless the patient is already aphonic due to advanced disease. Bilateral collagen, gel, fat, and hydroxyapatite injections have been used for this purpose. [122] Articulatory problems can persist, and the result of surgery can be disappointing.


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