Authors: Gillespie A, Helou LB, Ingle JW, Baldwin M, Rosen CA
Title: The Role of Voice Therapy in the Treatment of Dyspnea and Dysphonia in a Patient With a Vagal Nerve Stimulation Device
Source: Journal Of Voice 2014 28(1): 59-61
Year: 2014
Research Design: Single Case Design

Summary: Vagal nerve stimulators (VNS) are implanted to treat medically refractory epilepsy and depression. The VNS stimulates the vagus nerve in the left neck. Laryngeal side effects are common and include dysphagia, dysphonia, and dyspnea. The current case study represents a patient with severe dyspnea and dysphonia, persisting even with VNS deactivation. The case demonstrates the use of voice and respiratory retraining therapy for the treatment of VNS induced dysphonia and dyspnea. It also highlights the importance of a multidisciplinary approach, including laryngology, neurology, and speech-language pathology, in the treatment of these challenging patients.

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