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Long-term dose stability of OnabotulinumtoxinA injection for adductor spasmodic dysphonia: a 19-Year single institution experience

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posted on 2021-02-10, 03:01 authored by Paul Paddle, I Husain, C Moniz, S Turner, RA Franco
© Copyright © 2017 Paddle, Husain, Moniz, Turner and Franco. Objectives: Adductor spasmodic dysphonia (AdSD) is a focal dystonia predominantly involving the laryngeal adductor muscles. AdSD is reported to be a largely non-progressive neurological disorder, though fluctuations in symptom severity do occur. Repeated laryngeal onabotulinumtoxinA (BTX-A) injections are the primary management for AdSD. A number of studies have demonstrated long-term dose stability as evidence of this long-term disease stability. Methods: A retrospective review was performed on all patients undergoing BTX-A injections for AdSD from April 1994 to September 2013 by a single laryngologist at a tertiary referral laryngology center. Patient demographics, injection doses, use of diazepam and/or lidocaine, and self-reported vocal function were recorded. Multiple linear regression analyses were performed. Results: 83 patients underwent a total of 1,168 injections over 19 years. The mean starting dose was 2.35 MU (0.79 SD). The mean long-term dose was 2.36 MU (0.79 SD). After adjusting for confounders, the change in the relative dose of BTX-A, with every year elapsed since initial dose was 0.13% (95% confidence interval −0.31 to 0.57%), p = 0.568. Conclusion: BTX-A dose is stable over time in our large cohort of patients treated with bilateral thyroarytenoid injections for AdSD.


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Frontiers in Surgery



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