Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD)

Symptoms: 

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: 

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

  • Speech therapy
  • Deep breathing techniques

 

For more information visit the following websites

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0115/p156.html

http://patients.thoracic.org/information-series/en/resources/what-is-vocal-cord-dysfunction-vcd.pdf