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Grand Rounds: Recognizing Two Asthma Mimics: Vocal Cord Dysfunction and Habit Cough


By John McBride, MD , Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

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Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Identify symptoms of vocal cord dysfunction and habit cough in the pediatric patient. 2. Recognize the differences and similarities between these two diagnoses. 3. Determine the correct treatment modalities for each diagnosis.

Target Audience:

Primary Care providers.

Identified Gap:

Easy Breathing (EZB) is an asthma management program that is designed for the primary care provider (PCP) and it has been implemented at all ACHP offices. It is a tool that assists the PCP in identifying and managing their asthma patients in accordance with the national asthma guidelines. At the completion of all offices being trained, the ESB training team surveyed all ACHP providers regarding the need for ongoing education regarding asthma and various topics related to asthma. A survey monkey was sent out and all responses were reviewed. The ACHP providers have identified the need to increase their knowledge about asthma and differential diagnosis.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.