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UW Health surgery reduces autism related screaming



MADISON (WKOW) -- A surgery that helps quiet autistic kids who scream loudly and repeatedly is being done by a University of Wisconsin Health doctor.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Vicki Hanegraaf, from Appleton, looked into the surgery for her 16-year-old son, Kade, who she says would scream louder than a lawn mower, more than 1,000 times a day. In a news release, Hanegraaf says it was horrific and they couldn't go anywhere.

In 2011, Seth Dailey, a UW Health surgeon and ear, nose and throat doctor, separated the cartilage in Kade's vocal cords, creating a larger gap for air flow and limiting the sound power.

Since then, Kade has screamed 90 percent less often and at half the volume. The surgery is reversible.

Dailey reported on Kade's surgery in March's Journal of Voice.


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