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Advances in Otolaryngology
Volume 2015, Article ID 207085, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/207085
Clinical Study

Subjective Voice Assessment after Endoscopic Surgery for an Obstructive Reinke Edema Using Voice Handicap Index

Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Hospital of Sion, Avenue du Grand Champsec 80, 1950 Sion, Switzerland

Received 16 June 2015; Revised 7 September 2015; Accepted 28 September 2015

Academic Editor: Jareen K. Meinzen-Derr

Copyright © 2015 Bassel Hallak et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Voice disorders exert a dramatic influence on patients’ quality of life (QOL). The physical, functional, and emotional impact can be accurately assessed using the conventional questionnaire of “voice handicap index” (VHI) or its shorter version, the VHI-10. We evaluated the VHI scores of patients suffering from obstructive Reinke’s edema, a benign laryngeal disorder, before and after endoscopic treatment. Comparison of pre- and postoperative VHI scores showed the treatment efficacy. The scores achieved were similar to asymptomatic individuals (control group), thus improving their quality of life. Furthermore, both VHI and VHI-10 tests yielded similar scores. We suggest routine systematic incorporation of the VHI-10 test for pre- and postoperative routine evaluation of patients with Reinke’s edema. The results are faster and reliable.