Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) Clinic

The Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) Clinic at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is a unique multidisciplinary clinic. We provide thorough care in diagnosing and treating children who have laryngeal dystonia. 

What to Expect When Your Child Visits the VCD

Your child will have a combined exam with a pediatric otolaryngologist and pediatric pulmonologist. This allows us to help you and your child better understand the diagnosis of vocal cord dysfunction. 

Specialists are able to confirm the diagnosis of VCD through use of exercise pulmonary function testing and laryngoscopy.

We perform these tests at Children's Hospital's main campus in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh.

Advanced Treatments for Vocal Cord Dysfunction

Children's Hospital's Communication Disorders Department provides advanced treatments and therapies for kids with VCD.

These include:

  • Biofeedback
  • Inspiratory muscle training
  • Relaxed breathing exercises

Referral Requirements for Vocal Cord Dysfunction Clinic

As a comprehensive resource center, the Vocal Cord Dysfunction Clinic is available to your child, referring physicians, and surgeons who may request diagnoses, second opinions, treatment plans, and definitive treatment.

We require referrals from primary care doctors or other Children’s Hospital specialty services. We also may require authorization from the insurance provider and primary care physician if your child is enrolled in managed care insurance plans.

We must receive all necessary referral and authorization forms before your child's visit.

For accurate provider numbers or more information, call 412-692-5460.



  • Vocal Cord Dysfunction Clinic

    UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 3
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224