Laryngospasm is an uncontrolled/involuntary muscular contraction (spasm) of the laryngeal cords
- This condition typically lasts for less than a minute
- This condition cause difficulty in Breathing in
- While breathing out remains easier
Laryngospasm may be triggered when the vocal cords or the area of the trachea below the cords detects the entry of water, mucus, blood, or other substance.
Laryngospasm occurs spontaneously or as a result of reflux or impaired swallowing.
Laryngospasm is also a complication of Anesthesia
Minor laryngospasm will generally resolve spontaneously on its own.
Laryngospasm in the operating room is treated by hyperextending the patient’s neck and administering with 100% oxygen
In more severe cases it may require the administration of an intravenous muscle relaxant, and reintubation