Prospective evaluation of office-based injection laryngoplasty with hyaluronic acid gel.Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2013 Sep; 122(9):541-6.AO
The role of Juvederm Ultra Plus hyaluronic acid gel for use in injection laryngoplasty has not been well examined. The aim of this study was to prospectively assess the safety and clinical effectiveness of office-based injection laryngoplasty of Juvederm Ultra Plus gel in patients with glottic insufficiency.
Thirty patients met the criteria for study inclusion and were treated with unsedated office-based injection laryngoplasty of Juvederm Ultra Plus gel over a 20-month period. The preinjection acoustic and aerodynamic measures, Voice Handicap Index, Glottal Function Index, and Dysphonia Severity Index were compared with values recorded at 1 and 4 months after injection.
Data for 27 patients were available for follow-up analysis at 1 month, and 12 patients' data were available at 4 months. Significant improvements, compared to preinjection levels (p < 0.02), were shown in all outcome measures at 1 and 4 months. One patient required intravenous steroid therapy for delayed glottic inflammation that resolved without permanent sequelae.
The injection of Juvederm Ultra Plus gel is a relatively safe procedure that allows for short-term improvements in objective and subjective outcome measures of vocal function in patients with glottic insufficiency, provided the surgeon remains alert to the possibility of postprocedural injection site inflammation.