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Vocal Cord Dysfunction

What is vocal cord dysfunction (VCD)?

  • Condition in which one or both vocal cords close abnormally when breathing in, triggering sensation similar to asthma
  • Also called paradoxical vocal fold motion
  • Occurs with asthma in 40% of all cases – which often means VCD diagnoses are missed
  • Once diagnosed, treatment can address and cure it
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hoarseness and/or wheezing
  • Chronic cough and/or throat clearing
  • Throat tightness
  • Air hunger (having trouble getting air in)
  • Exaggerated sighing
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness