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It is possible that the main title of the report Spasmodic Dysphonia is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Synonyms Back to top
- CSD (Chronic Spasmodic Dysphonia)
- Laryngeal Dystonia
- Dysphonia Spastica
- Spastic Dysphonia
Disorder Subdivisions Back to top
- Abductor Spasmodic Dysphonia
- Adductor Spasmodic Dysphonia
General Discussion Back to top
Spasmodic dysphonia is a voice disorder characterized by momentary periods of uncontrolled vocal spasms, tightness in the throat, and/or recurrent hoarseness. At certain times, affected individuals must make a conscious effort to speak. The most frequent sign of this disorder is a sudden, momentary lapse or interruption of the voice. Spasmodic dysphonia is a form of dystonia, a group of neurological movement disorders characterized by involuntary muscle spasms.
There are two types of spasmodic dysphonia: Abductor spasmodic dysphonia and the more common adductor spasmodic dysphonia. The cause of spasmodic dysphonia is not known.
Resources Back to top
WE MOVE (Worldwide Education and Awareness for Movement Disorders)
5731 Mosholu Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471
National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association
300 Park Boulevard
Itasca, IL 60143
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
1 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601-1905
NIH/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
Communication Avenue. Bethesda, MD 20892-3456
89 Albert Embankment, 2nd Floor
London, Intl SE1 7TP
Tel: 0845 458 6211
Fax: 0845 458 6311
Tel: 0845 458 6322
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
American Dystonia Society
17 Suffolk Lane
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
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