Vocal cord dysfunction mimicking bronchial asthma

Postgrad Med. 1992 Nov 1;92(6):153-6. doi: 10.1080/00325481.1992.11701517.


Vocal cord dysfunction is a possible cause of wheezing and dyspnea in patients who do not respond to conventional asthma therapy. A carefully taken history, pulmonary function testing, and, most important, direct visualization with a flexible laryngoscope during an acute attack allow physicians to differentiate vocal cord dysfunction from asthma. Speech therapy, inhalation of helium and oxygen, and psychiatric counseling play a role in management.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asthma / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laryngeal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Vocal Cords*