February 11, 2008

New Video Example of "Non-Organic Stridor"

A new video example of a young patient with audible wheezing on fast breathing due to "non-organic stridor" has been posted. Patients with non-organic stridor are often erroneously diagnosed with vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) or exercise-induced asthma. Indeed, the only thing wrong with patients with non-organic stridor is the fact they produce a wheezy noise while breathing which can be simply controlled by breathing in through the nose or slowing down their breathing rate. No medications or really any other treatment is required.

The typical patient with non-organic stridor is a young female athlete whose symptoms occur during heavy exercise. Usually, the noisy breathing is described as wheezing or stridor and most prominent on inhalation though could occur on exhalation.
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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