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What causes stridor?

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Stridor in infants usually means your baby was born with a problem that causes partial blockage of the airway. When a genetic condition isn�t the cause, stridor in toddlers and infants is typically due to an infection like croup, papillomatosis, or epiglottitis. An injury or inhaling food (or some other object) can also lead to stridor. In adults, these can cause stridor:

?An abscess (a fluid-filled sore)

?Swelling

?Vocal cord problems like injury, paralysis

?Allergic response

?Growths such as tumors

SOURCES:

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Laryngomalacia,” “Vocal Cord Paralysis,” “Subglottic Stenosis,” “Stridor (Noisy Breathing).”

Children's National Hospital: “Pediatric Stridor.”

Merck Manual: “Stridor.”

NYU Langone Hospitals: “Diagnosing Stridor in Adults.”

Mayo Clinic: "Vocal Cord Paralysis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 2, 2020

SOURCES:

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Laryngomalacia,” “Vocal Cord Paralysis,” “Subglottic Stenosis,” “Stridor (Noisy Breathing).”

Children's National Hospital: “Pediatric Stridor.”

Merck Manual: “Stridor.”

NYU Langone Hospitals: “Diagnosing Stridor in Adults.”

Mayo Clinic: "Vocal Cord Paralysis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 2, 2020

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