Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2015 Oct;58(10):694-698. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2015.58.10.694.

The Usefulness of Picture Consonant Articulation Test Determining the Effectiveness of Frenotomy in Ankyloglossia Patients

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Busan St. Mary's Hospital, Busan, Korea. koosookweon@naver.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
To determine the extent of speech articulation disorder in ankyloglossia patients and to determine whether picture consonant articulation test has potential as a screening test to predict the outcome of surgery. SUBJECTS AND METHOD: A total of 35 patients (25 boys and 10 girls with mean age of 3.69+/-1.18 years) with ankyloglossia who underwent frenotomy and recovered completely without complications were enrolled in this study. We examined the correlation between the subjective satisfaction of parents and the results of picture consonant articulation test.
RESULTS
In the picture consonant articulation test, 20 patients (20/35, 57.14%) needed postoperative speech therapy. When the resutls of preoperative picture consonant articulation test and postoperative parents' subjective satisfaction were compared, "normal" had a satisfaction score of 4.53+/-0.74 points, "consider" had 3.89+/-1.05 points, and "demand" had 3.27+/-1.45 points. When a postoperative speech therapy was required, parents' satisfaction decreased (correlation coefficient r=-0.456).
CONCLUSION
The preoperative picture consonant test in our study showed potential as a screening test for predicting the outcome of surgery for ankyloglossia patients.

Keyword

Ankyloglossia; Articulation disorder; Speech articulation test; Surgery

MeSH Terms

Articulation Disorders
Female
Humans
Mass Screening
Parents
Speech Articulation Tests
Speech Therapy
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