Spasmodic croup

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(Med.) an affection of childhood characterized by a stoppage of brathing developed suddenly and without fever, and produced by spasmodic contraction of the vocal cords. It is sometimes fatal. Called also laryngismus stridulus, and childcrowing.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Spasmodic croup is thought to be an allergic type of inflammation and is seen in 3% of children presenting with stridor.
Nebulised budesonide is no more effective than oral steroids but is reserved for recurrent spasmodic croup to prevent the requirement for repeat doses of steroids.
Spasmodic croup develops rapidly and resolves in the same fashion.