Navigation Links
Breathing Problem Sometimes Misdiagnosed in Athletes
Date:4/13/2013

FRIDAY, April 12 (HealthDay News) -- A vocal cord problem that restricts athletes' breathing is often misdiagnosed as exercise-induced asthma, a small new study suggests.

Researchers looked at 46 college athletes who were newly diagnosed with paradoxical vocal fold motion disorder (PVFMD), a condition that can be brought on by stress, anxiety or increased exertion. It causes the vocal cords to constrict and obstruct breathing.

An estimated 5 percent of athletes have the vocal cord disorder, which can severely affect their performance, according to the researchers at the Ohio State University Medical Center.

"There isn't a lot in the literature about PVFMD in elite athletes, and our study shows that because of their high level of conditioning they may be more difficult to diagnose and treat than non-athletes," lead investigator Dr. Brad deSilva, residency program director for the department of otolaryngology--head and neck surgery, said in a medical center news release.

For example, only 30 percent of the athletes in the study consistently experienced PVFMD symptoms, such as coughing during exercise.

"PVFMD symptoms can often mimic asthma, and as many as 40 percent of people with asthma also have PVFMD -- so it's typical for an athlete to get the asthma diagnosed correctly, but not the vocal cord dysfunction," study co-author Dr. Anna Marcinow, a senior resident in the otolaryngology program in the College of Medicine, said in the news release.

The researchers also assessed a number of treatments for the vocal cord disorder, ranging from biofeedback to Botox injections. Biofeedback is a technique that teaches people how to control their body's responses.

The investigators found that vocal cord retraining therapy helped reduce or eliminate breathing problems and allowed many athletes to stop using asthma inhalers.

"Because PVFMD can have both physical and emotional impacts, using tactics that help athletes gain a sense of control over their breathing can be really effective," Marcinow said. "Athletes may also need additional alternative forms of therapy such as biofeedback or intervention from a sports psychologist."

While the disorder often occurs in athletes who have recently intensified their activity and training, it can also occur in non-athletes who are starting a more demanding exercise program, the researchers noted.

The study was scheduled for presentation Friday at the annual meeting of the Triological Society, in Orlando, Fla. The data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has more about paradoxical vocal fold motion disorder.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Ohio State University Medical Center, news release, April 12, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Spiro PD Personal Spirometer Helps People Track Their Breathing Disorders As Generally Mild Winter Signals Early Allergy Season
2. Dr. Steve Carstensen Presents First Webinar for Dental Division of American Sleep and Breathing Academy
3. Inserting Breathing Tube May Not Be Best for Victims of Cardiac Arrest
4. Treating sleep-disordered breathing in pregnancy may improve fetal health
5. Benefits of higher oxygen, breathing device persist after infancy
6. This Holiday Season, Family and Friends of People with Breathing Problems are Choosing the Ideal Gift for Monitoring Lung Health: the Spiro PD Personal Spirometer
7. 1 in 10 6- to 8-year-olds has sleep-disordered breathing
8. Kids sleep-related breathing problems
9. UCLA performs first breathing lung transplant in United States
10. Mechanism of breathing muscle paralysis in dreaming sleep identified
11. Breathing Smog While Pregnant May Worsen Asthma in Offspring
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Breathing Problem Sometimes Misdiagnosed in Athletes
(Date:3/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... today announced the release of two biometric time and attendance tracking products: the ... 4.0 software. NCheck Cloud Bio Attendance uses biometric face recognition to enable ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... work, the Self-Funding Success website has recently developed and published an informational resource ... ” was created based on common inquiries the site’s team of third party ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... desire to achieve the “perfect smile.” The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) ... what dentists should be aware of when utilizing dental laboratories and technicians that ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Public relations pros work hard to earn placements ... channels. , While many results are clear, much of PR is hard to quantify. ... it comes to measurement, firms should always take an all-inclusive approach that takes both ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... , ... March 28, 2017 , ... Silicon Valley Hair ... to announce a new blog post about women’s hair loss. Although hair transplant procedures ... loss as they age. Menopause or genetics can be two reasons a woman may ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... BETHESDA, Md. , March 27, 2017  ImMAGE ... that its immunotherapy successfully passed early toxicology and efficacy ... immune system to target a specific protein, MAGE A, ... triple negative breast cancer. After 4 ... was able to show very little toxicity in a ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... SAN MATEO, Calif. , March 27, 2017 ... has been acquired by Ethicon, a division of ... Reflux Management System for the treatment of gastro-esophageal ... on magnetic sphincter augmentation (MSA) technology and the ... European medical centers. Torax Medical was ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... , March 27, 2017 BioLineRx ... and immunology, announced today that AGI-134, an immunotherapy for the ... of Agalimmune Ltd., will be featured at the upcoming ... Washington, DC to be held on ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: