The relationship between chronic cough and paradoxical vocal fold movement: a review of the literature

J Voice. 2006 Sep;20(3):466-80. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2005.08.001. Epub 2005 Nov 7.


Chronic cough (CC) and paradoxical vocal fold movement (PVFM) are debilitating conditions. PVFM has been given many labels, including vocal cord dysfunction, Munchausen's stridor, functional inspiratory stridor, nonorganic functional or psychogenic upper airway obstruction, factitious asthma, psychogenic stridor, emotional laryngeal wheezing, and episodic laryngeal dyskinesia. Although CC and PVFM have been considered separate entities in many reports, there is preliminary support for the notion that there may be an underlying link between these two conditions. Speech pathologists have become increasingly involved in the treatment of these patients and therefore need to understand the theoretical background of these disorders, the pathophysiological links between the two, and the impact of voice disorders on these populations. The aim of this article is to review the current literature on CC and PVFM from a speech pathology perspective to provide a model for defining and conceptualizing the disorders and to provide a framework for management and future research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy
  • Chronic Disease
  • Cough / diagnosis
  • Cough / etiology*
  • Cough / physiopathology
  • Cough / therapy
  • Humans
  • Movement*
  • Quality of Life
  • Speech-Language Pathology / methods*
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis / complications*
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis / diagnosis
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis / physiopathology
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis / therapy
  • Vocal Cords / physiopathology*
  • Voice Quality