NYU Langone otolaryngologists—also known as ear, nose, and throat doctors, or ENTs—are experts at diagnosing stridor, or noisy breathing. Caused by a narrowed or partially blocked airway, which is the passage that connects the mouth to the lungs, stridor results in wheezing or whistling sounds. These noises may be high-pitched and audible when a person inhales, exhales, or both.
Stridor in adults is commonly caused by vocal cord paralysis; an unusual narrowing of the airway below the vocal cords called subglottic stenosis; inhaling a piece of food; or a foreign object stuck in the airway.
If noisy breathing interferes with your everyday activities, such as speaking or eating, specialists at NYU Langone’s Voice Center can develop a specialized treatment plan to open your airway and eliminate the noisy breathing.
NYU Langone doctors also diagnose and manage stridor in children.
Doctors may recommend surgery to open the airway and fix the source of the noisy breathing. Our experts use minimally invasive endoscopic surgical techniques whenever possible.