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An Unusual Cause for Intermittent Stridor and Dysphagia in an Infant

Ryan, Sydney E. MD*; Beyerlein, Larissa MD; Lee, Justin H. MD‡§; Fenton, Stephen J. MD; Hewes, Hilary A. MD

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001572
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Stridor is a common presenting symptom in young children and is produced by turbulent flow through the upper airway or trachea. In children under 12 months of age, stridor is commonly caused by laryngomalacia, tracheomalacia, croup, airway foreign body, and/or retropharyngeal abscess. In atypical presentations of stridor, soft tissue neck radiographs can be helpful to determine the underlying etiology. Occasionally, children will require bronchoscopy to determine the etiology and treatment.

From the *Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT;

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN;

Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah; and

§Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Child Health, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Larissa Beyerlein, MD, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minneapolis, 2450 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454 (e-mail: lbeyerle@umn.edu).

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