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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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CUESTAS, Giselle et al. Subglottic stenosis as the initial manifestation of Wegener's granulomatosis in a teenager: Case report. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2017, vol.115, n.2, pp.e120-e125. ISSN 0325-0075.

Wegener's granulomatosis is a necrotizing granulomatous vasculitis of autoimmune origin that primarily affects the upper and lower airways and kidneys. It is very rare in children and adolescents. When started at a young age it is often associated with subglottic stenosis. Subglottic stenosis is a potentially fatal manifestation of Wegener's granulomatosis. Its diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion since it might develop in the absence of other signs of activity. Occasionally, subglottic stenosis may present as the initial manifestation of the disease. Diagnosis is confirmed by endoscopic visualization of the lesion. The treatment is complex, and it often requires repeated interventions due to restenosis. We present a 13-year-old patient with subglottic stenosis secondary to Wegener's granulomatosis. We describe the clinical manifestations, diagnosis and treatment of this rare cause of respiratory distress in the pediatric population.

Keywords : Subglottic laryngostenosis; Wegener granulomatosis; Pediatrics.

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