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Polypoid Corditis (Reinke’s Edema)

Reinke preop

Reinke’s edema (polypoid corditis) is a voice disorder, in which, gel-like viscous fluid accumulates in the vocal folds, just below the surface of the vocal fold.

The most common reasons are cigarette smoking (tobacco use), laryngopharyngeal reflux (backflow og acidic stomach content to the throat) and long term voice overuse or misuse. Repeated or chronic upper respiratory tract infections and frequent throat clearing are also cofactors that can cause Reinke’s edema.

Signs and Symptoms
The mass and volume of the vocal folds increase. This leads to a lower pitch in the voice. Speaking and singing needs more vocal effort and is instable.

Surgical treatment (phonomicrosurgery) is indicated. However, before and after surgery, the causes that result in the pathology, must be corrected. If the patient quits smoking, if the reflux is treated and if a hygienic vocal behaviour is adapted, recurrence is not likely. If it is done by an experienced surgeon, both vocal folds may be operated simultaneously. In the early postoperative period, vocal effort may increase for a short period of time. This is secondary to the removal of the oedema, which leaves a gap between the vocal folds that is not present before. This aspect is the most important part of surgery. An important amount of the thin and fragile epithelium covering the oedema must be left in place and should never be resected completely. Further resection may lead to scar and longer lasting vocal problems.

Recurrence of Reinke´s oedema is unlikely following a surgery in experienced hands. An important improvement of voice is expected after surgery. Hygienic vocal behaviour, ie. cessation of smoking and proper vocal use elongates these good results.

Haldun OGUZ, M.D., Professor of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

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Videonystagmography: A Clinical Tool for Diagnosis of Vertigo

Videonystagmography (VNG) is a clinical test method to evaluate inner ear and central (brain) motor functions about balance. VNG measures the movements of the eyes and gives information about the proper functioning of of inner ear vestibular (balance) function. The testing is comfortable for the patient.  VNG test gives accurate, consistent, and reliable results.
VNG test is used for differential diagnosis between reasons of vertigo. It is performed to understand if a vestibular (inner ear) disease may be causing the balance problem (dizziness, vertigo, lightheadedness, etc) problem. It also gives clue about the side of the disease (right or left inner ear, or sometimes both ears). VNG test involves a group of tests that document the patient’s ability to follow a visual stimulus with his/her eyes and the capacity of the balance system to respond to this stimulus.
VNG test gives information about the functional capacity of each inner ear vestibuler system to understand the origin of the balance problem. Glasses that perform infra-red stimulus (infrared goggles) are worn by the patient during the procedure. The test does not involve any invasive procedure. The patient only wears goggles and the stimulus is given by the glasses. VNG test usually takes less than one hour. According to the specific patient’s needs, one to one and a half hour appointment is given by our clinic. The four main parts of the test are, ocular mobility, optokinetic nystagmus, positional nystagmus and caloric stimulation.
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