Videostroboscopy is an ENT procedure where your doctor uses a stroboscopic light source to illuminate the vocal folds, allowing him to observe them to check for abnormal motion or function.
The procedure helps diagnose voice and swallowing disorders, and it can help pinpoint polyps or lesions. Speech-language pathologists often find this helpful in assisting children with speech disorders.
With a videostroboscopy, an endoscope—which may be either flexible or rigid—is outfitted with a fiber-optic strobe light and a video camera, and you are asked to speak. A flashing light is synchronized with the vibrations generated by the vocal cords, providing the illusion of a slow-motion view of the voice box. This enables your doctor to easily study vibration patterns and make a diagnosis.
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you may be a candidate for videostroboscopy:
- Hoarseness, breathiness, or any other change in voice.
- Vocal fatigue.
- Soreness, tightness, or a burning sensation in the throat.
- The feeling of having something stuck in the throat.
- Frequent cough or throat clearing.
- Acid reflux.
- Hearing Loss (link to hearing loss page)
If you are suffering from any of these issues, ENTACC will get you back to breathing easily in no time.