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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2006 Oct;115(10):754-8.

Respiratory retraining therapy and management of laryngopharyngeal reflux in the treatment of patients with cough and paradoxical vocal fold movement disorder.

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We describe the outcome of patients with cough and paradoxical vocal fold movement disorder (PVFMD) treated with respiratory retraining therapy and management of laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR).

METHODS:

Twenty patients with the complaint of cough were given a diagnosis of PVFMD and treated with proton pump inhibitors for a minimum of 6 months followed by 3 to 5 sessions of respiratory retraining therapy. Pulmonary function testing (PFT) and subjective rating of cough and reflux (reflux symptom index; RSI) were performed. Also, PFT and rating of cough were performed on a group of 10 healthy volunteers with no complaint of cough.

RESULTS:

The study group comprised 13 women and 7 men. The baseline cough rating and ratio of forced inspiratory volume at 0.5 second to forced inspiratory vital capacity (FIV0.5/FIVC) on PFT were significantly worse in the treatment group than in the control group. After therapy, 20 patients (100%) experienced improvement in cough, 19 patients (95%) experienced improvement on PFT, and 17 patients (85%) experienced improvement in the RSI score. The differences were statistically significant.

CONCLUSIONS:

Respiratory retraining therapy combined with management of LPR is an effective treatment for patients with cough and PVFMD when a single-modality treatment is not sufficient.

PMID:
17076097
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