Presented at American Laryngological Association 2013 Spring Meeting at Combined Otolaryngological Spring Meetings, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., April 10–11, 2013.
Laryngeal dystonia gravidarum: Sudden onset of adductor spasmodic dysphonia in pregnancy
Article first published online: 30 MAY 2013
Copyright © 2013 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.
Volume 123, Issue 12, pages 3127–3130, December 2013
How to Cite
Ankola, A., Sulica, L. and Murry, T. (2013), Laryngeal dystonia gravidarum: Sudden onset of adductor spasmodic dysphonia in pregnancy. The Laryngoscope, 123: 3127–3130. doi: 10.1002/lary.24225
The authors have no funding, financial relationships, or conflicts of interest to disclose.
- Issue published online: 25 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 30 MAY 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 27 MAY 2013 09:51AM EST
- Manuscript Revised: 3 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Received: 13 FEB 2013
- Adductor spasmodic dysphonia;
- sudden onset
The purpose of this study was to identify the presence or absence of known factors related to onset of adductor spasmodic dysphonia (ADSD) in a population with sudden onset during or after pregnancy.
A review of 350 patient records identified five patients with sudden onset of ADSD related to pregnancy. An age-matched group with sudden onset of ADSD not related to pregnancy served as controls. All subjects completed a 20-question survey of risk factors relevant to ADSD.
The average age of onset in both groups was 31 years. Three had onset of ADSD in the postpartum period, the other two during pregnancy. Significantly increased avocational voice use was found in the pregnant group compared to the control group. There was a significant difference in the two groups regarding cumulative risk factors traditionally associated with ADSD.
Sudden onset of ADSD can occur in pregnancy in women with clinical profiles that differ from traditional ADSD patients.
Level of Evidence
3b Laryngoscope, 123:3127–3130, 2013