Functional stridor in adolescents

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  • Airway obstruction demands immediate evaluation and prompt intervention. Included in the extensive differential diagnosis (1-3) is functional stridor, characterized by paradoxical vocal cord motion (Table 1). Since 1974 there have been 36 published case reports describing 72 patients with functional stridor (4-39). These patients often interact with many physicians before a correct diagnosis is made. Many unreported and misdiagnosed cases of functional stridor (4,23, 24,29), particularly among adolescents, suggest that this is a common disorder that needs better definition to aid in diagnosis and to prevent expensive, invasive, and inappropriate treatment. We have recently seen two patients who typify the presentation of this disorder. A review of the literature follows the description of these cases. © 1993.
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  • Kuppersmith R; Rosen DS; Wiatrak BJ
  • Start Page

  • 166
  • End Page

  • 171
  • Volume

  • 14
  • Issue

  • 3