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Paroxysmal laryngospasm

Episodic closure of the upper airway

Holley, David, MPAS, PA-C; Mendez, Anthony, MMS, PA-C; Donald, Carrlene, MMS, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: February 2019 - Volume 32 - Issue 2 - p 31–34
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000552724.72939.4c
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ABSTRACT Paroxysmal laryngospasm is an episodic event, resulting in complete closure of the larynx caused by hypersensitization of laryngeal tissue and protective laryngeal reflexes. This condition most often occurs secondary to laryngopharyngeal reflux. Prognosis generally is good after treatment is initiated; however, often because of a misunderstanding of the clinical course and potential causes, patients with paroxysmal laryngospasm can go untreated. This article describes paroxysmal laryngospasm, similarly presenting diseases, and treatment strategies.

David Holley is an instructor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and practices at the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Phoenix. Anthony Mendez is an instructor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, program director of the Mayo Clinic's ear-nose-throat PA fellowship, and practices in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Mayo Clinic Arizona. Carrlene Donald practices in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Mayo Clinic Arizona and is an assistant professor in otolaryngology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Copyright © 2019 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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