Upper Airway Obstruction in a Pediatric Patient

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A 5-year-old male with no significant past medical history presented to our hospital with new onset stridor and was evaluated by the otolaryngology service. After inhalation induction with Sevoflurane, fiberoptic visualization of the airway revealed multiple mobile upper airway masses intermittently occluding the vocal cords with each breath. The masses were excised and biopsied under total intravenous anesthesia. Results revealed benign papillomas, which recurred months later requiring a subsequent procedure. This case discusses the differential diagnosis for stridor, difficult pediatric airways, ethical considerations and management of unexpected upper airway masses.


American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, October 9-11, 2021.