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Choanal Atresia

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  • A congenital structural disorder of the nose, which consists of membranous or bony tissue in the nasal airway
  • It occurs either on one side or on both sides of nose.
  • It can be associated with other congenital anomalies of the heart, central nervous system, and genitals.

  • One side-type blockage may be asymptomatic until respiratory infection occurs.
  • Mouth breathing
  • Breathing difficulty when sucking and swallowing
  • Bluish lips

  • Unknown

  • Inability to pass a catheter through each nostril into the throat
  • Fiber optic rhinoscopy shows membranous or bony tissue in the nose
  • CAT scan

  • Maintain the mouth in an open position
  • Use orogastric tube or feeding nipple with large holes at the tip
  • Operative correction may be delayed until weeks or months later if infant can tolerate mouth breathing.

  • Respiratory failure
  • Aspiration




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