Irritable Larynx Syndrome

Course Description

This course details the continuum of hyperfunctional laryngeal symptoms spanning from throat clearing, chronic cough, muscle tension dysphonia to paradoxical vocal fold movement.  Common etiologies are reviewed with interviewing strategies to determine what role behavioral therapy may have once irritants such as reflux, allergies and post-nasal drip are well controlled by the physician team.   Cough suppression, muscle tension dysphonia remediation and vocal fold abduction for paradoxical vocal fold movement are discussed extensively. The lecture ends with audio samples of actual patients and 5 case studies.

Time ordered agenda

30 minutes – description of ILS, co-morbidities contributing to symptoms, diagnostic techniques

20 minutes – therapeutic techniques

10 minutes – patient example, case studies

Learning Objectives

1)  State 3 potential etiologies of irritable larynx syndrome

2)  Verbalize the various presentations of ILS including chronic cough, muscle tension dysphonia and paradoxical vocal fold movement.

3)  Develop functional therapy goals for transdisciplinary behavioral and pharmacological management of ILS


Erin Walsh

Financial:  Owner, Endo Education

Non-financial:  Nothing to disclose

This course will be available for ASHA CEUs beginning 8/2/13.

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