Paradoxical vocal cord motion presenting as acute stridor

Ann Emerg Med. 1997 Jun;29(6):815-7. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(97)70205-1.


We report the cases of two patients who presented with acute-onset stridor that did not respond to standard medical therapy. Both were eventually found to have paradoxical vocal cord motion (PVCM). The ED management of these patients is reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Conversion Disorder / complications*
  • Conversion Disorder / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Respiratory Sounds / etiology*
  • Stress, Psychological / complications
  • Vocal Cords / physiopathology*