Choanal Atresia and Other Neonatal Nasal Anomalies

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Congenital nasal deformities can cause nasal obstruction with early respiratory distress. Choanal atresia is characterized by no communication between the nasal cavity and nasopharynx. Pyriform aperture stenosis involves more anterior nasal obstruction with limited intranasal space. Nasal masses such as encephaloceles, gliomas, and dermoids are thought to be related through a skull base defect in utero. Imaging with computed tomography and MRI are helpful in distinguishing lesions and identifying intracranial communication. Nasolacrimal duct cysts can get infected and cause obstruction. Nasal septal deviation can be corrected at bedside if detected early. Evaluation and treatment are discussed with all these entities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)751-767
Number of pages17
JournalClinics in Perinatology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2018


  • Choanal atresia
  • Congenital nasal anomalies/deformities
  • Dermoids
  • Encephaloceles
  • Gliomas
  • Nasolacrimal duct cysts
  • Neonatal nasal septal deviations
  • Pyriform aperture stenosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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