Transcutaneous laryngeal ultrasonography shows promise for otolaryngologists during pandemic

 

A study published in the American Journal of Otolaryngology suggests that an ultrasound tool for the neck could be used to cut down on aerosol-generating procedures for otolaryngologists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The study, published Oct. 20, looked at the transcutaneous laryngeal ultrasonography tool compared to a laryngoscopy. 

The TLUSG's performance in assessing vocal fold mobility was about 80 to 93 percent comparable to a laryngoscopy across four areas. Thirty-eight patients were observed in the study, some with normal vocal folds and others with unilateral vocal fold paralysis.

A TLUSG can't replace a laryngoscopy, the study said. However, it's a strong noninvasive tool for diagnostics during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read and download the study here.

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