Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) occurs when your vocal cords (voice box) don’t open correctly. VCD is also known as paradoxical vocal fold movement (PVFM). Symptoms of VCD include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Tightness in throat
- Hoarse voice
- Voice changes
It’s important to note that VCD has similar triggers and symptoms as asthma, but the two conditions have different causes and treatments. Breathing in lung irritants, exercising, a cold or viral infection, or GERD can trigger symptoms of VCD.
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Ranked No. 9 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The ranking reflects the team’s dedication to excellence in research patient care and outcomes. Surgeons, audiologists, biomedical engineers, speech pathologists, researchers, and psychologists collaborate with many research programs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to deliver the best possible multidisciplinary care to pediatric and adult ear, nose, and throat patients.
Customized treatment from a multidisciplinary team. We work with you to understand your condition and your vocal goals so we can craft a customized treatment plan that makes the most sense for you. When therapy is needed, we develop a personalized therapy program based on your specific situation and tailored to your needs and goals. Our multidisciplinary team works alongside you for the long term to ensure that you receive comprehensive treatment and get your voice back.
World-class care in an academic health system. We are recognized throughout South Florida and the world as a leader in treating conditions and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide you with superior, personalized care and the best outcomes.