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What is stridor?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Stridor refers to a musical-like, high-pitched sound or a gasping sound made when breathing. Stridor itself is not a disease but is suggestive of another health problem, such as croup in children. The noise can be heard when you inhale, unlike wheezing which is heard when you exhale. For young children stridor may be a sign of airway blockage and should be treated right away.

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