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Case Report  |   April 1999
Psychogenic stridor: A cause of acute upper airway obstruction
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Case Report   |   April 1999
Psychogenic stridor: A cause of acute upper airway obstruction
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 1999, Vol. 99, 209-210. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.4.209
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 1999, Vol. 99, 209-210. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.4.209
Abstract

A 17-year-old boy was seen in the emergency department with signs and symptoms of acute upper airway obstruction, closely resembling epiglottitis. Inunediate management consisted of induction of general anesthesia with spontaneous ventilation. Because no organic pathologic process was found, and in combination with subsequently known psychosocial stressors, a diagnosis of psychogenic stridor, a conversion disorder, was made. Conversion disorders may be seen by the busy family practitioner or pediatrician and are frequently underdiagnosed.