Vocal Cord Dysfunction - Causes and Vocal Cord Dysfunction Treatment

Vocal Cord Dysfunction is a vocal cord disorder where vocal cords do not open and close normally when you breathe.

In certain circumstances, Vocal Cord Dysfunction attack may be very sudden and severe and may require immediate emergency room treatment.

Symptoms of Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in chest
  • Frequent coughing
  • Loud breathing
  • Hoarseness

Some of the causes of Vocal Cord Dysfunction?

  • Respiratory Infection
  • Strong response to very potent odors
  • Tobacco Smoke, particularly second-hand smoke
  • Acid reflux (GERD)
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Stress
  • Exercise

Vocal Cord Dysfunction Diagnosis:

Our ENT Doctors in New York at NYU Voice Center need to run several tests to determine if the Vocal Cord Dysfunction is accompanied by asthma or other conditions. They will look closely at your vocal cords and may perform spirometry exam (a breathing test that shows how well you breathe and how well your lungs perform).

One of the biggest reasons ENT doctors have difficulty diagnosing Vocal Cord Dysfunction is that during these tests symptoms may be absent. This is why it's best to let our ENT doctors to look at your vocal cord during the attacks. So please do not wait for VCD symptoms to get better before seeking our help. 

Vocal Cord Dysfunction Treatment

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