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What is stridor?

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Stridor is a high-pitched wheezing sound you make when something narrows your airway. Stridor isn't a condition, but a symptom of something else. It can start suddenly or happen slowly over time.

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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