Issue N# 5 - 2015
Dysphonia in children: Retrospective and comparative study between the late 1980s and today
Authors : Ruiz Y Orive D, Sicaud S, Coulombeau B, Perouse R. (Lyon)
Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2015;136,5:185-192.
Article published in french
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Child dysphonia is a frequent pathological situation which concerns 6 to 38 percent of a school attending population. Thus it demands a specific and adapted treatment. Because of its direct consequences on social, family and school lives, parents often seek advice from a speech specialist. This study focuses on the specificities of those individuals having diagnosed child dysphonia, as well as the treatment which can be given to them. Our work covers a period of twenty years of comparative studies. We have read through dr Coulombeau's files, from 2005 to 2011, and we have made up a series of questions addressed to the speech therapists having speech impaired children in their practice. We have cross-examined these data with those of Dr Cornut's, covering a period of seven years (1985-1991). The qualitative and quantitative studies which have been carried out enabled us to highlight the fact there has been a constant background of child dysphonia and an evolution in the offered treatments. Indeed, we have realised that the number of individuals having diagnosed child dysphonia are less and less operated on. In the same time people tend to ignore the offered treatments. Though the follow-ups to a prior visit at a speech therapist have decreased for twenty years, it still remains the most common treatment. Our analysis does not focus on the effects of the given treatments on a long term basis. It thus appears that a study consisting in analysing the development of these children through adulthood would be greatly accurate.
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