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Table 5 Comparison of Severity of Current Symptoms with Severity at Diagnosis*

From: Adductor focal laryngeal Dystonia: correlation between clinicians’ ratings and subjects’ perception of Dysphonia

Vocal symptom
N = 60
Corresponding DSQ Questions Mean severity at initial diagnosis (SD) Mean current severity (SD) P
Severity of dysphonia Q1, Q2 4.47 (0.68) 3.19 (0.89) <0.00001*
Strain-Strangled Voice Quality (effortful phonation) Q8, Q9 4.21 (0.86) 3.02 (1.00) <0.00001*
Voice arrest (voice cuts off) Q3, Q4 4.20 (0.97) 2.89 (1.02) <0.00001*
Roughness (hoarse / husky) Q5, Q7 3.41 (1.40) 3.01 (1.18) 0.10000
Voice tremor (shaking voice) Q10, Q11 3.76 (1.31) 2.71 (1.19) 0.00002*
Increased expiratory effort Q12, Q13 4.21 (0.90) 3.07 (1.11) <0.00001*
  1. Note: The DSQ symptom severity rating scale is a 5-point scale (i.e., 1 = mild, 2 = mild-to-moderate, 3 = moderate, 4 = moderate-to-severe, and 5 = severe). Q = question
  2. *Findings were statistically significant at the .01 level