Vocal Fold Paresis Paper Published by Randall Amis, MD

Randall Amis, MD, chief of anesthesia at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso, MI, is the principal author of a paper on assessment of vocal cord mobility published in the Middle East Journal of Anesthesiology. The paper, titled “Ultrasound Assessment of Vocal Fold Paresis,” focused on the correlation between vocal fold ultrasound and flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy procedures for adults. The research involved sixteen patients with either known problems with vocal fold motion or perioperative patients that had risk to the recurrent laryngeal nerve. The patients experienced both procedures, with thirteen of the sixteen patients reporting similar assessments of each. From their findings, Dr. Amis and his colleagues concluded that use of vocal ultrasound is safe, effective, and non-invasive in screening for vocal fold motion abnormalities for adults, but that these abnormalities should be subsequently confirmed with a laryngoscopy procedure.

Anesthesia services at Memorial Healthcare are managed by Somnia.

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