Vocal cord dysfunction in children

Blakeslee E. Noyes, James S. Kemp

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Vocal cord dysfunction is characterised by paradoxical vocal cord adduction that occurs during inspiration, resulting in symptoms of dyspnoea, wheeze, chest or throat tightness and cough. Although the condition is well described in children and adults, confusion with asthma often triggers the use of an aggressive treatment regimen directed against asthma. The laryngoscopic demonstration of vocal cord adduction during inspiration has been considered the gold standard for the diagnosis of vocal cord dysfunction, but historical factors and pulmonary function findings may provide adequate clues to the correct diagnosis. Speech therapy, and in some cases psychological counselling, is often beneficial in this disorder. The natural course and prognosis of vocal cord dysfunction are still not well described in adults or children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-163
Number of pages9
JournalPaediatric Respiratory Reviews
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2007


  • Asthma
  • Dyspnea
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Speech therapy
  • Vocal cord dysfunction


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