Jefferson University Hospitals

Spasmodic Dysphonia

Spasmodic dysphonia is vocal interruptions or spasms that occur during speech, making your voice sound choppy, hoarse, tight and similar to stuttering. Otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat physicians) at the Jefferson Voice and Swallowing Center will evaluate your vocal cord movement during speech to look for other possible causes for this voice disorder. Jefferson is a national center for treatment of spasmodic dysphonia.

Our Center's speech-language pathologists will evaluate your voice and voice quality while a neurologist from Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience may be asked to look for signs of other muscle movement disorders to help diagnose your condition.

Treatment Options for Spasmodic Dysphonia

Treatment options for spasmodic dysphonia may include speech therapy as well Botulinum toxin injections. In rare circumstances, surgery may be utilized to provide long-term relief.

Our staff is involved with special programs and research to discover new treatment methods for voice and swallowing disorders, including spasmodic dysphonia. Although there is no known cure for this chronic voice disorder, we will work hard to reduce your symptoms.