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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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CUESTAS, Giselle et al. Aspiration syndrome due to laryngeal cleft in an infant. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2014, vol.112, n.1, pp.e1-e5. ISSN 0325-0075.

Aspiration is the passage of food content and endogenous secretions into the airway. Anatomical, neuromuscular or functional anomalies are among the major causes. The laryngeal cleft is a rare congenital anomaly that should be considered in the differential diagnosis of aspiration syndrome in neonates and infants. The main symptoms are stridor, recurrent respiratory infections and cyanotic crisis, cough and choking during feeding. The diagnosis is confrmed by endoscopic examination. The therapeutic behaviour will depend on the extent of the cleft, among other factors. We describe the clinical manifestations, diagnostic methods and treatment of an infant with this disease, and we emphasize the need for recognition of swallowing disorders in children in order to establish an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment to prevent and avoid malnutrition as well as a severe and potentially irreversible lung compromise.

Keywords : Aspiration; Laryngeal cleft; Children; Surgical treatment.

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