Section 8

What abnormality is seen in the scan above?

  • Bilateral choanal atresia
  • Soft tissue

Why is this a neonatal emergency?

Neonates are obligate nasal breathers and therefore unable to breath


What syndrome might this be associated with?

CHARGE syndrome

Clinically how may you confirm your diagnosis?

If an NG tube is unable to be passed this could suggest a choanal atresia

What surgical options are available?

  • Transasal puncture and stenting
  • Endoscopic resection of posterior nasal septum
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