Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) (Pediatric)

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The vocal cords vibrate from exhaled air to produce noise and voice. Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD), also known as Paradoxical Vocal Cord Motion (PVCM), is a result of abnormal closing of the vocal cords, unlike asthma, which results from inflammation of the airways. Because the symptoms of VCD and asthma are similar, VCD is often mistaken for asthma.

As the leading respiratory hospital in the nation, National Jewish Health for Kids in Denver, Colorado, offers programs to treat your child’s VCD. Our long-standing specialization in respiratory diseases has been instrumental to our success in treating VCD. Our multidisciplinary team works together to develop a customized treatment program for your child.

Our doctors are researchers, too, and are continuing to discover more about VCD, so your child will have access to the latest clinical trials and most effective treatments.
Our comprehensive program offers many services for you and your child:

  • The latest in clinical trials
  • Novel and advanced VCD testing
  • A therapy plan customized for your child
  • Comprehensive speech therapy
  • In-depth, one-on-one teaching, including training in self-care
  • Continued follow-up to treat your child’s changing needs.
Learn more about our Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) Treatment Programs.

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Reasons to Visit National Jewish Health

  • The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses
  • Ranked as one of the top two hospitals in pulmonology every year since U.S. News & World Report included this category in its annual “Best Hospitals” survey
  • Ranked in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS
  • Physicians frequently recognized as among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly
  • Among the top 8 percent of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to the latest clinical trials
  • 120 -year history of focus on care, research and education serving thousands of patients with lung, heart, immune and related disorders


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