Vocal Cord Dysfunction–Don’t I talk just fine?

What in the world is Vocal Cord Dysfunction?  Don’t believe your vocal cords can cause problems with your breathing–just look at this video!

Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) occurs when the vocal cords (voice box) do not open correctly. This disorder is also referred to as paradoxical vocal fold movement or spasmodic dysphonia.

VCD is sometimes confused with asthma because some of the symptoms are similar.

In asthma, the airways (bronchial tubes) tighten, making breathing difficult. With VCD, the vocal cord muscles tighten, which also makes breathing difficult. Unlike asthma, skin testing is often negative with VCD. 

To add to the confusion, many people with asthma also have VCD.

Vocal cords move as illustrated to make speech and also protect your airway.

Although the two may have similar triggers and symptoms, the treatment approach for VCD is very different from treatments used to manage and control asthma. This makes proper diagnosis essential.

You will need specialized training and experience in the diagnosis, treatment and management of complex conditions such as asthma and VCD–please follow this link for more information (Vocal Cords)

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