Breathing disorder that is frequently mistaken for asthma.
Accurate diagnosis is made by a multi-disciplinary team, which can include a speech language pathologist, a primary care physician, an asthma/allergy specialist, a pulmonologist, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a sports medicine specialist, an athletic trainer, and a gastroenterologist.
Diagnosis is established through the case history, laryngeal visualisation, and pulmonary function studies.
Behavioural therapy by a speech language pathologist is the standard treatment.
Paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM), also called paradoxical vocal cord dysfunction, is a breathing disorder characterised by approximation rather than abduction/opening of the vocal folds during inspiration. This can result in upper-airway obstruction and stridor.      Diagnosis is most often based upon exclusion of other differentials.
Senior Clinical Speech Language Pathologist
Surrey Voice Clinic
Abilities Neurological Rehabilitation
SKZ has created a webinar for Northern Speech Services targeted to speech language pathologists for training in evaluation and treatment of paradoxical vocal fold motion and chronic cough. The product is currently being generated and will likely be on the market in the next 12 months.
Director of Voice and Swallowing Clinic
Division of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Health Sciences Learning Center
SLT has multiple grants from the National Institute of Health, but none of them are on paradoxical vocal fold motion.
Director of Emory Voice Center
Emory University Department of Otolaryngology
Emory Voice Center
Emory Crawford Long Hospital
MJ declares that he has no competing interests.
Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Honorary Consultant Otolaryngologist
JW declares that she has no competing interests.
Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Department of Anatomy
University of the Philippines
College of Medicine
RJDCC declares that he has no competing interests.
Professor of Speech Pathology
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Clinical Director of the Voice and Swallowing Center
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University at New York Presbyterian Hospital
TM declares that he has no competing interests.
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