Psychogenic stridor

J Laryngol Otol. 1989 Apr;103(4):383-5. doi: 10.1017/s0022215100109028.


Obstruction of the laryngeal airway is a life threatening problem due normally to obstructive pathology within the upper aero-digestive tract. We describe four cases of laryngeal stridor (two adults and two children) of psychogenic origin, one of which required a tracheostomy. The literature is reviewed and the subsequent pattern of this disease documented on the basis of 28 patients previously described.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laryngeal Diseases / psychology*
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders*
  • Respiratory Sounds / etiology*