Spasmodic Dysphonia

Spasmodic dysphonia is a neurological voice disorder that causes involuntary muscle spasms in the larynx. The spasms interrupt or strain speech, making your voice sound hoarse, strangled, or breathy. Breathing and swallowing are not usually affected.

Treatments for Spasmodic Dysphonia

Amy Hamilton, M.A., CCC-SLP, teaching a patient with spasmodic dysphonia to optimize her voice between botox injections.

Although there’s no cure for spasmodic dysphonia, there are treatments that can alleviate or control the symptoms.

Treatments for spasmodic dysphonia include:

  • Botulinum toxin injections to prevent inappropriate and excessive muscle contraction
  • Speech therapy
  • Surgical procedures such as the Selective Laryngeal Adduction Denervation and Reinnervation (SLAD/R)

Multidisciplinary Care

Our fellowship-trained laryngologists work with speech pathologists to treat spasmodic dysphonia. A neurologist may also be consulted to evaluate you for other neurological conditions.

Our comprehensive medical resources enable you to have consultations, follow-up visits, and any needed medical treatments and procedures all in one location.

Request an Appointment

If you experience any change in your voice that is impacting your livelihood, we can help. To schedule an appointment with one of our laryngologists, or for more information about our services, call 214-645-8300.