Psychophysiologic treatment of vocal cord dysfunction

Jay Earles, Burton Kerr, Michael Kellar

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Background: Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) is an obstructive upper airway syndrome that frequently mimics asthma and for which there is no empirical treatment of choice. Objective: To describe two military service members experiencing VCD who were treated with psychophysiologic self-regulation training. Methods: Both cases were active-duty military members with VCD confirmed by laryngoscopy They each received biofeedback self-regulation training to decrease tension in the extrinsic laryngeal musculature. Results: Both patients responded to the treatment, denied the presence of dsypnea, and had resumed military physical training. Conclusions: Psychophysiologic self-regulation strategies both with and without concurrent speech therapy positively impacted VCD symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)669-671
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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