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Inducible Laryngeal Obstruction: Chameleon Conundrums

Not all respiratory symptoms are related to the lungs. Dr Jemma Haines, MBE, focusses in her presentation on breathlessness caused by irregularities in the upper airways, such as Inducible Laryngeal Obstruction (ILO).

During the presentation Dr Haines defines and describes ILO, providing insight as to its prevalence and how this condition typically presents (i.e. transient symptoms of stridor, cough, chest tightness, throat tightness, voice change) following exposure to a trigger. She then shares practical advice as to how it can be managed, including a case study with positive results following breathing and vocal box muscle exercises.

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Dr Jemma Haines, PhD

Dr Jemma Haines is Consultant Speech and Language Therapist at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).

Dr Haines qualified in 2003 and began her clinical career at Wythenshawe Hospital’s Department of Speech, Voice and Swallowing, where she treated voice and swallowing disorders and developed a focus on patients who have problems at the top of their airway. After working for 10 years at Royal Preston Hospital, Dr Haines returned to Wythenshawe Hospital in 2016 and set up the Manchester Airways Service, which she now leads, where a specialist multi-disciplinary team investigates and treats patients with unexplained breathlessness. It is now a nationally recognised centre of excellence receiving over 650 referrals a year from across the UK.

Dr Haines’ work has influenced change across the speech and language therapy workforce over her 18-year career. Through direct support and leading professional guidance policy, she has supported clinicians across the country to establish and develop integrated respiratory multi-disciplinary services, improving quality of life for many patients.

Dr Haines is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Manchester Biomedical Research Centre PhD Fellow, and Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ National Respiratory Professional Advisor.