Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) (Pediatric)

Pediatric Vocal Cord Dysfunction Care at National Jewish HealthThe 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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  • The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses

  • Ranked #1 or #2 in Pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report for 26 consecutive years

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  • Among the top 6% of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to hundreds of active clinical trials

  • 124-year history of focus on care, research and education serving patients from around the world with lung, heart, immune and related disorders

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