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Choanal Atresia


  • The condition almost always presents in the new born, with alternating phases of respiratory distress and apnoea relieved by crying. We report a rare case of bilateral choanal atresia presenting for the first time at 22 years of age.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • The presentation of unilateral CA commonly occurs at a later age than those children affected by bilateral CA (BCA) and can often persist undiagnosed into adulthood.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • The clinical presentation and the management of congenital pyriform aperture stenosis are discussed.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Abstract Choanal atresia usually presents at birth as respiratory distress and difficulty in feeding.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • In addition, among other major defects, esophageal atresia (EA) in one patient and choanal atresia in two of them were present. Three different mutations in EFTUD2 gene were found in presented patients.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Nail Abnormality
  • Abstract Bart's syndrome, first described by Bart in 1966, consists of congenital localized absence of skin, congenital epidermolysis bullosa, and associated nail abnormalities.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Dysplastic Ears
  • All boys had a similar craniofacial appearance with infraorbital creases, low set dysplastic ears, as well as athelia, and broad digits with small nails.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • The clinical manifestations of this patient included microcephaly, mild synophrys, short and down-slanted palpebral fissures, ptosis of the left eye, long eyelashes, a depressed nasal bridge, dysplastic ears, micrognathia, a short neck. sensorineural[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Sparse Hair
  • Abstract We present a 3-year-old child with clinical features of ectodermal dysplasia comprising sparse hair, dystrophic and ridged nails and bilateral obstruction of the nasolacrimal ducts.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Cutis Laxa
  • The differential diagnosis of cutis laxa in association with postnatal growth retardation and developmental delay and with cardio-facio-cutaneous and Noonan syndromes is discussed.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Antimongoloid Slant
  • The disorder is characterized by abnormalities of the auricular pinna, hypoplasia of facial bones, antimongoloid slanting palpebral fissures with coloboma of the lower eyelids and cleft palate.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Unilateral Blindness
  • OBJECTIVE: To report a unique case of unilateral blindness secondary to transnasal endoscopic surgery and stenting for right choanal atresia.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Coarse Face
  • Abstract We describe a girl with motor and mental retardation, macrocephaly, a "coarse" face, choanal atresia, postnatal feeding difficulty, redundant skin with deep palmar and plantar creases, and histopathological evidence of altered elastic fibers,[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]


  • Workup Computed tomography (CT) scanning is the radiographic procedure of choice in the evaluation of choanal atresia. For good results, careful suctioning is performed to clear excess mucus, and a topical decongestant is applied.[emedicine.com]
  • DOI: Editor Recruited By: Sanjay Parikh, MD, FACS Advanced Procedure Bilateral choanal atresia repair Indications Patient with bilateral choanal atresia Setup ESS setup; Otologic microdissection instruments Preoperative Workup CT scan of fine cuts through[csurgeries.com]
  • CT workup and histologic specimens show approximately 30% pure bone atresia and 70% mixed membranous and bone atresia with no purely membranous anomalies present.[statpearls.com]


  • Choanal atresia and stenosis resulting from CAM treatment are rare. Otolaryngologists should be aware of possible complications occurring in patients receiving such treatments.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • She tolerated the treatment well without any complications. Over a follow-up period of 2 years the choana has remained completely open.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Surgical treatment used an endoscopic transnasal approach. The follow-up examination a year later revealed adequate choanal openings bilaterally.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • The use of a navigation system for surgical planning and intraoperative guidance and powered instrumentation can improve treatment outcome. The transpalatal approach is more invasive and reserved for failed endoscopic cases.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Management Treatment can be divided into emergent and elective definitive categories.[emedicine.com]


  • […] with an obstruction airway less than 3 mm measurement done at the reference level of the pterygoid plates in the axial plane an air-fluid level above the obstruction point thickening of the vomer medial bowing of posterior maxillary sinus Treatment and prognosis[radiopaedia.org]
  • References: [3] [6] Prognosis With appropriate management, full recovery occurs in most cases. Periodic dilatations may be needed, as stenosis can recur postoperatively.[amboss.com]
  • Outlook (Prognosis) Full recovery is expected.[calsinus.com]


  • This defect is the leading cause of nasal surgery in newborns, although its etiology is largely unknown.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • This report of dizygotic twins with nonsyndromal choanal atresia suggests the possibility of an autosomal recessive inheritance with various penetration or an undefined teratogenic etiologic factor.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • In our cases the genetic-chromosomal analysis failed to support a possible cause of unilateral choanal atresia in one monozygotic twin, suggesting a multifactorial etiology.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Our findings further support the potential etiological link between these two classically distinct conditions. 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • The coexistence of congenital bilateral amazia and bilateral complete choanal atresia suggests that these rare disorders may be related etiologically. The patient is scheduled for breast augmentation.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]


  • Another epidemiological report in 2010 found even higher associations between increased incidents of choanal atresia and exposure to second-hand-smoke, coffee consumption, high maternal zinc and B-12 intake and exposure to anti-infective urinary tract[en.wikipedia.org]
  • "Epidemiology of choanal atresia - the National Birth Defects Prevention Study." PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, University of Iowa, 2010. DOWNLOADS Since February 18, 2011 COinS[ir.uiowa.edu]
  • Genetic, developmental, and epidemiologic sources of these interactions are areas particularly worthy of further research.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Frequently associated with other anomalies (“ CHARGE syndrome ” - c oloboma, h eart defects, a tresia choanae (also known as choanal atresia), r etardation of growth, g enital abnormalities, and e ar abnormalities) References: [2] Epidemiological data[amboss.com]
  • Epidemiology of choanal atresia - the National Birth Defects Prevention Study , Vijaya Kancherla, University of Iowa, 2010. a b c Choanal atresia - PubMed Health Sadek SA (January 1998). "Congenital bilateral choanal atresia" . Int. J. Pediatr.[en.wikipedia.org]
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  • Etiology Choanal atresia has a positive association with periconceptional maternal exposure to: References: [2] Pathophysiology Clinical features Bilateral choanal atresia Early presentation Infants are only able to breathe through the mouth (immediately[amboss.com]
  • Pathophysiology Current knowledge of the pathophysiology of the respiration of the neonate led to the conclusion that the infant, except when crying, is an obligate nasal breather.[statpearls.com]
  • ., methimazole) use during pregnancy Pathophysiology pathoantomy currently unclear Associated conditions can be associated with CHARGE syndrome ( C oloboma, H eart defects, A tresia choanase, R etarded growth and development, G enital hypoplasia, and[medbullets.com]
  • […] fails to reabsorb then a choanal atresia will be present. 6 Factors which may cause an atretic choana are a medial outgrowth of the vertical or horizontal process of the palatal bone and persistent mesenchyme with misdirection of developmental flow. 7 Pathophysiology[waent.org]


  • The use of stent did not improve preventive rate of restenosis: 42.9% of restenosis with stent and 47.4% without stent, respectively. Mitomycin C did not seem to be effective in preventing restenosis either.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • To prevent this, tubes are inserted into the nasal cavity immediately after surgery. This article describes a technique for preparing individual surgical splints designed to prevent postsurgical obstruction of the nasal cavity.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • A balloon dilator was used to dilate the neochoanae and prevent restenosis. All six patients were intraoperatively stented for at least six weeks.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • The aim of surgery is to create a patent nasal passage and to prevent restenosis with minimal morbidity. Transnasal endoscopic surgery of CCA has become the most popular treatment method.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS) were used to examine selected risk factors for choanal atresia.[ir.uiowa.edu]

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