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Paediatr Respir Rev. 2007 Jun;8(2):155-63.

Vocal cord dysfunction in children.

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  • 1St Louis University School of Medicine and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, 1465 South Grand Boulevard, St Louis, MO 63104, USA. noyes@slu.edu

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  • Paediatr Respir Rev. 2008 Mar;9(1):68.

Abstract

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.

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