Progressive Vocal Cord Dysfunction Subsequent to a Chlorine Gas Exposure

Patrick F. Allan, Sahar Abouchahine, Lee Harvis, Michael J. Morris*

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Summary: Chlorine gas inhalation, similar to other toxic gas exposures, can impart a variety of effects to the entire airway ranging from mucous membrane irritation to acute respiratory distress syndrome. The extent and location of damage is determined by numerous situational factors such as the duration of exposure, quantity of gas released, environmental factors, and instituted chemical defense measures. Reactive airways dysfunction and nonspecific bronchial hyperresponsiveness are commonly reported as sequelae to chlorine exposure. This article constitutes the first case of a single antecedent chlorine exposure inducing progressive vocal cord dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-296
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Voice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Airway irritant
  • Chlorine
  • Dyspnea
  • Vocal cord dysfunction


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