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Authors Inagi K, Connor NP, Suzuki T, Ford CN, Bless DM, Nakajima M
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Journal Ann. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol. Volume: 111 Issue: 10 Pages: 861-70
Publish Date 2002 Oct
PubMed ID 12389852

Arytenoid adduction is a phonosurgical procedure in which the arytenoid cartilages are approximated to reduce posterior glottal gap size and improve voice. Voice outcomes following arytenoid adduction are not always optimal. The goal of this study was to systematically vary suture direction and force of pull on the arytenoid cartilages in a human excised laryngeal model to determine the optimal combination of factors for reducing glottal gap and improving voice. Several factors demonstrated significant effects. Changes in suture direction and force of pull affected glottal configuration in both the horizontal and vertical planes. Increased force of pull on the muscular process resulted in increased adduction of the vocal process for all suture directions. Changes in suture direction and force of pull also affected acoustic and aerodynamic measures of induced voice. Therefore, voice outcomes can be optimized with arytenoid adduction if the vocal fold plane is accurately adjusted. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System