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Panelists to Share Tips in Treating Vocal Fold Paralysis

A panel of experts will use case studies to share their techniques and the latest trends in the treatment of vocal fold paralysis during a Miniseminar this morning.

“In the last 10 years, there has been a lot of development in how to treat patients with vocal fold paralysis,” said Sunil P. Verma, MD, moderator of the session. “A lot of advancements have been made, and the old practice paradigms have changed. The management of vocal fold paralysis has been evolving, which is why having a panel like this is important.”

“Contemporary Management of Unilateral Vocal Fold Paralysis” will be presented from 11:00 am-12:00 pm today in Ballroom C3 of the convention center, with three panelists joining Dr. Verma. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of California, Irvine.

Topics that will be addressed include the evaluation of vocal fold paralysis, the use of electromyography (EMG), the need for stroboscopy, when to use injections, thyroplasty, and when to use reinnervation surgery.

Panelists will address when to use which treatment option, when and how to inject, how to perform injections in the office, and the basics of thyroplasty.

“If you are an ENT in practice, you will be able take something home that you can use in practice when you see that next patient with vocal fold paralysis,” Dr. Verma said. “We are talking about things that are practical and hands-on that the practicing ENT can use in practice.

“We are going to go through cases of patients with vocal cord paralysis and learn how the different panelists—all four of whom have very different backgrounds in where they practice and how they were trained—and learn how people would treat those patients.”

The panelists are:

  • Ted Mau, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, who has published several papers on vocal fold injections and thyroplasty.
  • Randal C. Paniello, MD, PhD, MBA, Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University, St Louis, MO, who has extensive experience with reinnervation and thyroplasty.
  • Milan R. Amin, MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, NYU Otolaryngology Associates, New York, NY, who has been active in the transition of vocal fold injections from the operating room to the office and who has introduced a new technique, the thyrohyoid approach for laryngoplasty.