Vocal Cord Dysfunction Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) is a nonorganic disorder of the upper airway with both true and false vocal folds showing paradoxical function of closure on inspiration, expiration, or a combination of both, during the respiratory cycle, and which may involve constriction of supraglottic structures. Patients present with significant respiratory ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2006
Vocal Cord Dysfunction
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  • Florence B. Blager
    National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, CO
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2006
Vocal Cord Dysfunction
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2006, Vol. 16, 7-10. doi:10.1044/vvd16.1.7
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2006, Vol. 16, 7-10. doi:10.1044/vvd16.1.7
Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) is a nonorganic disorder of the upper airway with both true and false vocal folds showing paradoxical function of closure on inspiration, expiration, or a combination of both, during the respiratory cycle, and which may involve constriction of supraglottic structures. Patients present with significant respiratory distress, including wheezing, stridor, and dyspnea (Christopher et al., 1983). The most concerning aspects of this disorder are misdiagnosis and treatment for asthma with often damaging medications, even when patients do not respond to the medications, and unnecessary treatment and invasive procedures, such as intubation and tracheostomy during “life threatening” Emergency Room presentation (Martin, Blager, Gay, & Wood, 1987).
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