A 5-year-old boy was referred to the Voice Clinic with a breathy voice. After a thorough evaluation, he was diagnosed with a left vocal fold immobility and two treatment approaches were discussed with his parents.
All patients with suspected laryngomalacia should be evaluated by a pediatric otolaryngologist. Patients with more severe presentations (failure to thrive, retractions, aspiration, etc.) may benefit from an evaluation in CHOP’s Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders.
The Childhood Adenotonsillectomy Trial, led by Carole Marcus, MBBCh, evaluated the usefulness of adenotonsillectomy in reducing symptoms and improving quality of life for children with conditions related to obstructive breathing.