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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 4280381, 4 pages
Case Report

Type 3 Thyroplasty for a Patient with Female-to-Male Gender Identity Disorder

1Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Tokyo Medical University, 6-7-1 Nisisinnjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
2Department of Otolaryngology, Todachuo General Hospital, 1-19-3 Honthou, Toda-shi, Saitama 335-0023, Japan

Correspondence should be addressed to Yu Saito; pj.oc.oohay@71111112102ysesys

Received 3 January 2018; Revised 17 March 2018; Accepted 26 March 2018; Published 10 April 2018

Academic Editor: Marco Berlucchi

Copyright © 2018 Yu Saito 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.


Objective. In most cases, about the voice of the patient with female-to-male/gender identity disorder (FTM/GID), hormone therapy makes the voice low-pitched. In success cases, there is no need for phonosurgery. However, hormone therapy is not effective in some cases. We perform type 3 thyroplasty in these cases. Method. Hormone therapy was started in 2008 but did not lower the speaking fundamental frequencies (SFFs). We therefore performed TP3 under local anesthesia. Results. In our case, the SFF at the first visit was 146 Hz. The postoperative SFF was 110 Hz. Conclusions. TP3 was performed under local anesthesia in a patient with FTM/GID in whom hormone therapy proved ineffective. With successful conversion to a lower-pitched voice, the patient could begin to live daily life as a male. QOL improved significantly with TP3. If hormone therapy proves ineffective, TP3 may be selected as an optional treatment and appears to show few surgical complications and was, in this case, a very effective treatment.