Behavioral Management of Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion

Jennifer R. Reitz, Stephen Gorman, Jennifer Kegyes
2014 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders  
Paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM), or vocal cord dysfunction (VCD), is a non-organic, behavioral, upper airway disorder primarily characterized by adduction of the true vocal folds during respiration. Recognition of this condition is becoming more prevalent amongst physicians, resulting in an increased number of referrals to speech-language pathologists (SLPs) for assessment and treatment. Diagnosis of PVFM requires a multidisciplinary approach. Treatment for PVFM is also multi-factorial,
more » ... is primarily designed to train abduction of the vocal folds during the breathing cycle, allowing easy movement of breath to and from the lungs without laryngeal constriction. Behavioral management is the preferred and most common approach to treatment and may include relaxed throat breathing and laryngeal control exercises during trigger-specific training.
doi:10.1044/vvd24.2.64 fatcat:y2srk3vmljb5ppozqp44575toe