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Am J Otolaryngol. 2006 Nov-Dec;27(6):436-9.

Mandibular distraction osteogenesis to relieve Pierre Robin airway obstruction.

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.


Children with Pierre Robin sequence can present challenging airway management issues. We describe a neonate with a life-threatening airway obstruction secondary to severe micrognathia and glossoptosis. When the patient was 9 days old, bilateral distraction osteogenesis was performed to lengthen the mandible by 17 mm. The patient was subsequently extubated without further airway or swallowing difficulties.

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