Vocal fold hyalinosis in Urbach-Wiethe disease, a rare cause of hoarseness
SourceActa Oto-Rhino-Laryngologica Belgica, 11, 2, (2015), pp. 151-155
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Acta Oto-Rhino-Laryngologica Belgica
SubjectRadboudumc 2: Cancer development and immune defence RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences; Radboudumc 9: Rare cancers RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
BACKGROUND: Lipoid proteinosis is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by hyalin deposits in the skin and mucosa of the upper aerodigestive tract; currently, no treatment exists. Nearly all patients experience hoarseness and speech difficulties, due to hyalin deposition in the vocal folds and diminished mobility in infiltrated lips, tongue, and palate. METHODS: We describe a patient with extensive hyalin plaques on the vocal folds, which resulted in near-aphonic hoarseness. Hyalin deposits in the vocal folds and skin were treated with laser resection. RESULTS: Both the vocal folds and skin improved in appearance, with smoother surface epithelium. However, the patient's speech remained impaired, due to extensive hyalin plaques in the mouth, tongue, and lips. The voice improved only temporarily. CONCLUSIONS: Laser resection of hyalin plaques in the vocal folds and skin is a feasible treatment for lipoid proteinosis. However, speech may remain severely limited, due to impaired tongue and lip movement.
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