Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD): a breathing disorder in which vocal cords adduct inappropriately. This occurs primarily on inspiration and produces airflow obstruction that may result ...
Recurrent episodes of “difficulty breathing in,” wheezing, throat or chest tightness, choking sensation, stridor, panic, and agitation
Stridulous sounds that are loudest above the thro...
Asthma control/treatment with appropriate meds, if coexisting (3)[C]
Reassurance and relaxation techniques:
Panting (rapid, shallow breathing)
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J38.3 Other diseases of vocal cords
J38.00 Paralysis of vocal cords and larynx, unspecified
J38.1 Polyp of vocal cord and larynx
J38.01 Paralysis of vocal cords and larynx, unilateral
Always consider VCD in poorly controlled asthmatics.
A multidisciplinary approach may be required for diagnosis and treatment.
Speech therapy is the mainstay of long-term treatment.
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