Asthma mimic: Case report and literature review of vocal cord nodule associated with wheezing

SAGE Open Med Case Rep. 2017 Dec 4:5:2050313X17744980. doi: 10.1177/2050313X17744980. eCollection 2017.


Asthma is a heterogeneous disease, usually characterized by chronic airway inflammation. Various clinical conditions can mimic asthma, such as foreign body aspiration, subglottic stenosis, congestive heart failure, diffuse panbronchiolitis, aortic arch anomalies, reactive airway dysfunction syndrome, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, retrosternal goiter, vocal cord tumors, other airway tumors, and vocal cord dysfunction. Upper airway obstruction can be a life-threatening emergency. Here, we present the case of a 58-year-old female with recurrent hospital visits for wheezing and exacerbations of asthma, who was later found to have a vocal cord nodule confirmed to be squamous cell carcinoma, which was mimicking like asthma.

Keywords: Vocal cord mass; asthma mimic; wheeze.

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