Jefferson University Hospitals

Laryngospasm

A brief, involuntary spasm of the laryngeal cords is known as a laryngospasm and is often associated with laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Otolaryngologists of the Jefferson Voice and Swallowing Center in Philadelphia will evaluate your condition to determine the underlying cause. Typically, a team-centered approach involving speech-language pathologists as well as otolaryngologists will be utilized to outline a treatment approach to address the symptoms.

It can be scary when you're experiencing these spasms, because it may be hard for you to catch your breath or speak. But the feeling typically goes away within a couple of minutes as your vocal cords begin to relax.