Acute Management of Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion (Vocal Cord Dysfunction).
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Paradoxical vocal fold motion disorder, also commonly termed vocal cord dysfunction, is a poorly understood cause of acute upper airway obstruction. Patients with paradoxical vocal fold motion frequently present to the emergency department (ED) with acute respiratory distress and stridor. Lack of familiarity with this disorder may lead to delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis and unnecessary intubations or surgical airway procedures. Although long-term management of paradoxical vocal fold motion is well described, there is a paucity of information about acute evaluation and management. This article aims to summarize the ED presentation and management of paradoxical vocal fold motion.Copyright © 2016 American College of Emergency Physicians. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.