Vocal Cord Dysfunction, or VCD, is a paradoxical movement of the true vocal cords that disrupts the normal flow of air into the lungs.
When you breathe in and out, your vocal cords open. This opening is coordinated with the challenge of the respiratory activity. With VCD, the opening of the vocal cords is discoordinated and frequently incomplete, restricting the opening for airflow into the trachea (windpipe). This incomplete opening or constricting of the vocal cords produces many symptoms.
VCD may be diagnosed by your primary care physician, an allergist, an ENT, or a pulmonologist using medical history, spirometry and/or direct fiberoptic laryngoscopy. Your physician may then refer you to a speech pathologist to help alleviate symptoms of VCD with a short course of treatment.
Your therapy will emphasize: