The Role of Nutritional and Dietary Habits in Etiology in Pediatric Vocal Fold Nodule
Korkmaz, Muge Ozcelik
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Objectives. In pediatric pediatric vocal fold nodule (VFN) patients, different causes have been suggested in the development of the vocal cord nodule, including laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). It is known that the content of consumed foods, obesity, and other dietary behaviors are among the risk factors for the devel-opment of reflux. The aim of this study was to evaluate dietary and food consumption habits in pediatric VFN patients.Methods. This prospective-controlled study included 50 children with VFNs (age range 5-14 years) and 50 age-matched children without any voice disorders as a control group. BMI values of each participant were evaluated according to age-percentile range. The voice usage habits and personality structure of all the children were ques-tioned. All patients underwent laryngeal examination and voice analysis. The Turkish Pediatric Voice Handicap Index (t-PVHI) and Child Voice Handicap Index-10 (t-CVHI) were completed by patients or their parents. The examination findings of all patients were evaluated with the reflux finding score (RFS), and their complaints were questioned with the reflux symptom index (RSI). In addition, eating and drinking at night, fast eating and exces -sive food consumption habits and the frequency of consumption of packaged foods defined as junk food, carbon-ated beverage were questioned. The data obtained were compared statistically between the two groups.Results. There was no significant difference between the study and control groups in terms of age, gender distri-bution, median BMI value, voice usage habits, and personality structure. In the study group, t-PVHI, t-CVHI, jit-ter, schimmer values, the mean RFS, and RSI scores were significantly higher than those of the control group. The number of children with high consumption of junk food and carbonated drinks was higher in the study group. There was no significant difference between the two groups in terms of dietary habits.Conclusion. Food consumption habits may play a role in childhood voice problems in this population.