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TAF Prev Med Bull. 2007; 6(2): 148-150

Vocal Cord Dysfunction Masquerading as Astma Like Symptoms

Sami Öztürk*, Ahmet Zafer Çalışkaner, Mehmet Karaayvaz, Mustafa Güleç, Fuat Erel, Özgür Kartal.

Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) is a nonorganic disorder of the larynx that involves unintentional paradoxical adduction of the vocal cords while breathing. VCD is a relatively rare condition that may mimic asthma or upper airway obstruction. VCD often coexists with asthma, and should be suspected in any patient in whom asthma treatment fails. Confirming the diagnosis involves direct visualization of abnormal vocal cord motion, and this usually only occurs during symptoms. In this report, we describe a 65-years-old male patient who has psychological problems due to a relative loss, and a military collage student who experiencing respiratory problems during vigorous exercises.

Key words: Vocal cord dysfunction, asthma

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