The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2011 , Vol 53 , Num 6
Subglottic Cysts in a Patient with Recurrent Stridor and Respiratory Distress
1Allergy Unit, 2Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Sami Ulus Children’s Hospital, and 3Pediatric Allergy and Asthma Unit, Department of Pediatrics, and 4 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey Özmen S, Şahiner ÜM, Balaban İ, Yavuz ST, Ünal F, Arslan Z. Subglottic cysts in a patient with recurrent stridor and respiratory distress. Turk J Pediatr 2011; 53: 684-686.

Subglottic cysts are rare causes of stridor in infancy and should be suspected in the case of intubation. A 15-month-old male presented with recurrent stridor and respiratory distress. Prematurity and intubation were present in his history. Two subglottic cysts below the glottis were diagnosed. The cysts were ruptured by flexible bronchoscopy. The child’s stridor and other symptoms disappeared thereafter. Early diagnosis of subglottic cysts is important since the obstruction can be relieved by rupturing the cysts with bronchoscope, whereas development of a fibrotic stenosis may require a tracheotomy, with its attending morbidity. Keywords : subglottic cyst, stridor, intubation.

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