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Prim Care. 2008 Mar;35(1):81-103, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2007.09.005.

Vocal cord dysfunction/paradoxical vocal fold motion.

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  • 1Department of Rehabilitation, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, 1400 Jackson Street, Denver, CO 80206, USA.


Vocal cord dysfunction, also called paradoxical vocal cord motion, is a common mimicker of asthma, allergies, and severe upper airways obstruction with consequent misdiagnosis and mismanagement, and is frequently overlooked. Unfortunately, there is no unified understanding of this disorder, nor is there any consensus on its evaluation, etiology, or treatment. This article reviews the literature regarding the pathophysiology, causes, diagnosis, and treatment for this common disorder.

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