Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) Treatment Programs

Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD), also known as Paradoxical Vocal Cord Motion (PVCM), leads to asthma-like symptoms, but these symptoms are a result of an abnormal closing of the vocal cords rather than inflammation of the airways.

Doctors and researchers at National Jewish Health are continuing to discover more about VCD. In addition, National Jewish Health offers a variety of programs that can help treat people with known or suspected VCD. Doctors and a team of specialists work together to evaluate the condition and determine the best treatment program. Our long-standing intensive specialization in respiratory diseases has been instrumental in our success in treating this newly recognized medical condition.

 

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Combination Therapy for Pediatric Asthma Patients

Our researchers are studying an investigational combination of medications, one used to treat asthma in adults and the other not yet approved to treat adult asthma, to determine if it can improve symptoms and lung function in asthma patients age 5 to 17.

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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
  • 119 -year history of focus on care, research and education serving thousands of patients with lung, heart, immune and related disorders

 

Morgridge Academy Has Been a Life-Changer for Denver-Area Family

Natalie Sublet suffered smoke inhalation that injured her lungs during a house fire in 2016. The specialized care available at National Jewish Health for chronically ill children allows the first-grader to attend school with peers, rather than being taught at home by a tutor. Her mother, Angie, is grateful to the school for providing Natalie a quality education and a sense of normalcy. 

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