What is a videostroboscopy?
Videostroboscopy is a medical procedure performed by a physician or trained clinician to assess the function and movement of the vocal cords by taking a permanent picture of vocal cord patterns and structures of the larynx. Video recordings are completed using endoscopes inserted through the mouth or nose, and use brief flashes of light to capture the images in motion. The procedure is not painful and typically lasts around 20 minutes. Your child will remain awake during the procedure. The pictures are then analyzed to assess any abnormalities with the vocal cords such as masses, inflammation, scarring, or lesions.
Why may my child need a videostroboscopy?
If your child presents with chronic voice problems such as hoarseness, breathiness, pitch problems, fatigue, and difficulties regulating volume, they may benefit from a videostroboscopy. Many problems relating to voice can be attributed to abnormal vocal cord vibration, and this will be observed during the testing. The videostroboscopy may identify vocal polyps, nodules, or abnormal growths, and can be helpful when assessing muscle control during swallowing as well.
Our approach at North Shore Pediatric Therapy
Following the procedure, your child’s physician will recommend a treatment plan, based upon the findings of the video. Recommendations may include speech therapy, medication, vocal rest or exercises, and surgery for more severe cases. The trained Speech-Language Pathologists at North Shore Pediatric Therapy will work closely with your child’s physician in order to facilitate improvements with your child’s voice. A home program will also be developed specifically for your child in order to continue targeting therapy objectives in the home environment.