Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion: A Tutorial on a Complex Disorder and the Speech-Language Pathologist’s Role Paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM) is presented as a complex, poorly understood disorder that merits our clinical and research attention. This tutorial examines PVFM characteristics, etiologies, differential diagnosis, and medical/psychological intervention. The role of the speech-language pathologist in diagnostic evaluation and intervention is delineated. An assessment protocol and specific treatment ... Tutorial
Tutorial  |   May 01, 2001
Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion: A Tutorial on a Complex Disorder and the Speech-Language Pathologist’s Role
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Barbara A. Mathers-Schmidt
    Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
  • Contact author: Barbara Mathers-Schmidt, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, MS-9078, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98226. E-mail: bmathers@cc.wwu.edu
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Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion: A Tutorial on a Complex Disorder and the Speech-Language Pathologist’s Role
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2001, Vol. 10, 111-125. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2001/012)
History: Received October 27, 2000 , Accepted February 14, 2001
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2001, Vol. 10, 111-125. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2001/012)
History: Received October 27, 2000; Accepted February 14, 2001
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Paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM) is presented as a complex, poorly understood disorder that merits our clinical and research attention. This tutorial examines PVFM characteristics, etiologies, differential diagnosis, and medical/psychological intervention. The role of the speech-language pathologist in diagnostic evaluation and intervention is delineated. An assessment protocol and specific treatment suggestions are provided. The need for future research is discussed.

Author Note
This work was supported in part by a Summer Research Grant awarded by the Bureau of Faculty Research at Western Washington University. The author gratefully acknowledges graduate student Jill Neary, who assisted with the literature search and acquisition of journal articles, and faculty colleagues Karen Hoelscher and Monica McHenry (University of Houston), who provided helpful commentary on earlier drafts of the article. The author also thanks William Anderson, MD, David Elkayam, MD, and R. Emil Hecht, MD, for enlightening conversations regarding PVFM and patient care. Mary Carpenter, Celia Hooper, and an anonymous reviewer provided editorial suggestions that strengthened the quality of the article.
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