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Forum Name: Asthma

Question: Is vocal chord closing air ways. What is this?

 yellowwheel - Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:10 pm

Is this a muscle spasm? How does one treat it? Is it different from Asthma?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:14 pm

User avatar Hi Yellowwheel,

Vocal cord spasms are not the same as asthma. Asthma is constriction of the airways within the lungs. The vocal cords are located at the top of the wind pipe (trachea) and are not affected with asthma. Similarly vocal cord spasms do not cause constriction of the airways within the lungs.

Vocal cord spasms are essentially when the vocal cords close (occluding the airway some) due to a muscle spasm. Often this condition can be treated quite successfully with some training exercises to teach the affected person how to relax these muscles (through biofeedback training, etc.)

Best wishes.
 yellowwheel - Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:59 pm

Can albuterol relax the vocal chords making it easier to breathe in this case?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:22 pm

User avatar Albuterol generally is not of much help with vocal cord spasm unfortunately.

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