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Update in Unilateral Vocal Fold Paralysis

In this presentation, moderated by Dr. David Eibling, UPMC’s Dr. Clark Rosen presents an update and shares some advice on the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of unilateral vocal fold paralysis. 

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Have a clear understanding of how intralaryngeal anatomy impacts the treatment of vocal fold paralysis
  • Improve management of vocal fold paralysis using laryngeal electromyography
  • Improve management of vocal fold paralysis by utilizing early treatment of vocal fold paralysis with a temporary vocal fold augmentation procedure

Reading Resources:

  1. Comparison of voice outcomes after trial and long-term vocal fold augmentation in vocal fold atrophy. Young VN, Gartner-Schmidt J, Rosen CA. Laryngoscope. 2015 Apr;125(4):934-40. doi: 10.1002/lary.25043.
  2. Functional role of human laryngeal nerve connections. Martin-Oviedo C, Maranillo E, Lowy-Benoliel A, Pascual-Font A, Martinez-Guirado T, Rodriguez-Niedenführ M, Sañudo J, Scola B, Vazquez T. Laryngoscope. 2011 Nov;121(11):2338-43.
  3. Bailey’s Head & Neck Surgery Rosen, CA, Johnson. Voice: Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Evaluation Rosen CA, Johnson JT, Edts. In: Bailey’s Head & Neck Surgery – Otolaryngology Review. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014.


Dr. Eibling has reported no relevant relationships with proprietary entities producing health care goods or services.

Dr. Rosen has financial interests with the following proprietary entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Consultant: MERZ North America Inc.
  • CE Speakers’ Bureau: MERZ North America Inc.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.125) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1.25 contact hour.

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Release Date: 5/4/2017 | Last Modified On: 5/4/2017 | Expires: 5/4/2018



Clark A. Rosen, MD

Clark A. Rosen, MD Clark A. Rosen, M.D., has been associate professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and medical director of the University of Pittsburgh's Voice Center at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Eye & Ear Institute since 1995. As medical director of the Voice ...
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David E. Eibling, MD

David E. Eibling, MD Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
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