Misconceptions About Evaluating and Treating Voice Disorders and Laryngeal Pathology A Response to Pannbacker Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   January 01, 1993
Misconceptions About Evaluating and Treating Voice Disorders and Laryngeal Pathology
 
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   January 01, 1993
Misconceptions About Evaluating and Treating Voice Disorders and Laryngeal Pathology
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1993, Vol. 24, 55. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2401.55a
History: Received March 3, 1992 , Accepted March 30, 1992
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1993, Vol. 24, 55. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2401.55a
History: Received March 3, 1992; Accepted March 30, 1992
Pannbaker (1992)  has identified a number of misconceptions concerning evaluation and treatment of voice disorders and laryngeal pathology. Two points do warrant some discussion, however.
First, although I agree that speech-language pathologists should not diagnose laryngeal pathology utilizing endoscopic techniques, as an otolaryngologist, I have encountered many speech-language pathologists who are exceedingly well trained in laryngeal endoscopy, normal laryngeal function, and laryngeal pathology, who through their examination can provide the otolaryngologist with a referent (e.g., mass laryngeal lesion, asymmetrical laryngeal posture and/or vocal fold movement, etc.) as to what to look for. At our medical center, speech-language pathologists’ knowledge of the various conditions that can produce laryngeal dysfunction and the skill with which clinical examination—including laryngeal endoscopy and stroboscopy—is performed have provided invaluable information for both differential diagnosis and treatment. I encourage speech-language pathologists at other medical centers who are interested in laryngeal pathology and voice disorders to learn endoscopic and laryngeal stroboscopic techniques.
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