Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD)


Symptoms of VCD can include:

  •  Difficulty breathing
  •  Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Throat tightness
  • A feeling of choking or suffocation
  • Hoarse voice
  • Voice changes
Tests to diagnose: 

Diagnosing VCD can be challenging. However following tests are done for detection:

  • Laryngoscopy : A flexible scope is used to view movement of the vocal cords when a patient is symptomatic
  • Spirometry : Measurements are taken of airflow during respirations
  • Clinical Evaluation: Detailed information is obtained from patients

Treatment for VCD typically involves activities that relax the throat muscles including:

  • Speech therapy
  • Deep breathing techniques


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