Working Towards a Common Transatlantic Approach for Evaluation of Exercise-Induced Laryngeal Obstruction.Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2018 05; 38(2):281-292.IA
Exertional dyspnea can be a manifestation of dysfunction in a variety of organ systems. Exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO), a condition previously known as vocal cord dysfunction and paradoxic vocal fold motion, is defined as inappropriate, reversible narrowing of the larynx during vigorous exercise. EILO is usually characterized by typical symptoms, which nevertheless frequently are confused with those of other conditions, including asthma. Laryngoscopy performed as symptoms evolve from rest to peak exercise is pivotal in patient work-up. Moving forward, laryngoscopy findings that definitively characterize EILO need to be defined as do objective measures that can quantitate absolute laryngeal measurements during exercise.