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Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2003 Jun;90(6):669-71.

Psychophysiologic treatment of vocal cord dysfunction.

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Department of Psychology, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii 96859, USA. jay.earles@haw.tamc.amedd.army.mil

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) is an obstructive upper airway syndrome that frequently mimics asthma and for which there is no empirical treatment of choice.

OBJECTIVE:

To describe two military service members experiencing VCD who were treated with psychophysiologic self-regulation training.

METHODS:

Both cases were active-duty military members with VCD confirmed by laryngoscopy They each received biofeedback self-regulation training to decrease tension in the extrinsic laryngeal musculature.

RESULTS:

Both patients responded to the treatment, denied the presence of dsypnea, and had resumed military physical training.

CONCLUSIONS:

Psychophysiologic self-regulation strategies both with and without concurrent speech therapy positively impacted VCD symptoms.

PMID:
12839328
DOI:
10.1016/S1081-1206(10)61874-1
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