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A 56-year-old female asked:

when i laugh, feels like i can't inhale for several seconds, like pressure on chest? then subsides. not asthma.

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Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Vocal cord dysfnctn: That is a pretty classic description of vocal cord dysfunction - in some circumstances, the vocal cords tend to close during inhalation, when they should be wide open. Call around to find a local speech pathologist who takes an interest in vcd. You can learn to do exercises to help prevent attacks. And relaxation techniques to break the cycle when you can't prevent it.
Dr. Joel Selter
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
Difficult beathing: Could very well be vocal cord dysfunction. Should have a pft as well as laryngoscopy to visualize the vocal cord area. If vcd is seen then a speech pathologist is the appropriate practitioner to help relieve the patient of her problem.

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