Vocal Cord Dysfunction: Unmasking the Asthma Pretender

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The symptoms of vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) can be mistaken for those of asthma or other respiratory illnesses. As a result, VCD is often misdiagnosed, leading to unnecessary, ineffective, costly, or even dangerous treatment. Here are the facts that will enable you to avoid making an erroneous diagnosis, choosing potentially harmful treatment, and delaying effective treatment.



CE/CME No: CR-1412

Earn credit by reading this article and successfully completing the posttest and evaluation. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct.

• Discuss the evolution in thinking about the pathogenesis of and treatment for vocal cord dysfunction (VCD).
• Describe the three primary functions of the healthy vocal cords.
• List the conditions or factors that may trigger VCD.
• Explain how to differentiate VCD from asthma.
• Develop a treatment plan for VCD that addresses both patient-specific VCD triggers and management of symptomatic episodes.

Linda S. MacConnell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and Randy D. Danielsen is a Professor and Dean at the Arizona School of Health Sciences, AT Still University, Mesa. Ms. MacConnell is also a clinical PA affiliated with Enticare, an otolaryngology practice in Chandler, Arizona. Susan Symington is a clinical PA with the Arizona Asthma & Allergy Institute, with which Dr. Danielsen is also affiliated.
Linda MacConnell and Randy Danielsen have no significant financial relationships to disclose. Susan Symington is a member of the speaker’s bureau for Teva Respiratory and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.


This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.0 hour of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. [NPs: Both ANCC and the AANP Certification Program recognize AAPA as an approved provider of Category 1 credit.] Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of December 2014.

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