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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Diagnostic Challenge of Sulcus Vocalis Made Easier

Harsh Karan Gupta, Ajay Eknath Shedge

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

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10023-1102

Published Online: 00-12-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


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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