Phonation and Preservation of Communication in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rare and fatal motor neuron disease that occurs in 1 to 5 people in 100,000. Early diagnosis of ALS and maintenance of communication are essential to assist individuals and their families in dealing with its consequences. Approximately 25% of patients with ALS will ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2005
Phonation and Preservation of Communication in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Diana Orbelo
    Mayo Clinic, Division of Speech Pathology, Department of Neurology, Rochester, MN
  • Edythe Strand
    Mayo Clinic, Division of Speech Pathology, Department of Neurology, Rochester, MN
Article Information
Special Populations / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2005
Phonation and Preservation of Communication in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2005, Vol. 15, 3-8. doi:10.1044/vvd15.2.3
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2005, Vol. 15, 3-8. doi:10.1044/vvd15.2.3
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rare and fatal motor neuron disease that occurs in 1 to 5 people in 100,000. Early diagnosis of ALS and maintenance of communication are essential to assist individuals and their families in dealing with its consequences. Approximately 25% of patients with ALS will initially present with one or more bulbar signs including dysphonia, dysarthria, and dysphagia. Ultimately, the majority of those with ALS that initially present with spinal symptoms, rather than bulbar symptoms, will also develop speech and swallowing difficulties (Duffy, 2005; Topaloglu, Gucuyener, Orkun, & Renda, 1990; Traynor et al., 2000).
First Page Preview
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview ×
View Large
Become a SIG Affiliate
Pay Per View
Entire SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders content & archive
24-hour access
This Issue
24-hour access
This Article
24-hour access
We've Changed Our Publication Model...
The 19 individual SIG Perspectives publications have been relaunched as the new, all-in-one Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.