Laryngospasm: Sudden, Terrifying Difficulty Breathing

Laryngospasm is a sudden, often severe attack of difficulty breathing, typically lasting between 30 and 90 seconds. Usually the individual makes a frightening noise while trying to breathe in during the episode, which they often call a “choking attack”. You will hear the types of noises often made by the person experiencing laryngospasm, and see what the vocal folds are doing at the same time.

For more information, see our entry on laryngospasm at our new learning center, Bastian Medical Media for Laryngology.