Vocal cord dysfunction is a masquerader of life-threatening pathologies (most notably asthma and anatomic upper airway obstruction). Vocal cord dysfunction itself is not dangerous, but if not properly diagnosed it may lead to considerable iatrogenic harm (e.g. multiple unnecessary intubations for “asthma”). On the flip side, incorrect diagnosis of vocal cord dysfunction is also dangerous, as this could lead to inadequate treatment of a true airway emergency.
The IBCC chapter is located here.
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