Unilateral choanal atresia masquerading as chronic sinusitis

G. Rothman, R. A. Wood, R. M. Naclerio

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Abstract

Choanal atresia is a congenital anomaly usually diagnosed at birth. This case involves bilateral choanal atresia in a newborn with respiratory difficulties in whom there is an inability to pass a 8 French catheter through the nose. In contrast, unilateral choanal atresia causes a variable degree of nasal obstruction that may delay the diagnosis. We report a case of unilateral choanal atresia in a 9-year-old boy diagnosed as having chronic sinusitis with allergic rhinitus. Initial interpretation of a computerized, tomographic (CT) examination confirmed the diagnosis of chronic sinusitis. The definitive diagnosis, however, was made by endoscopic evaluation. A review is presented of the epidemiology, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, and contemporary surgical management for unilateral choanal atresia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)941-944
Number of pages4
JournalPediatrics
Volume94
Issue number6 I
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Rothman, G., Wood, R. A., & Naclerio, R. M. (1994). Unilateral choanal atresia masquerading as chronic sinusitis. Pediatrics, 94(6 I), 941-944.