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Paediatr Anaesth. 2003 Jan;13(1):68-71.

Congenital laryngotracheo-oesophageal cleft: successful ventilation with the Laryngeal Mask Airway.

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Department of Anaesthesia, Children's, Luzern, Switzerland.


A congenital laryngotracheo-oesophageal cleft is a rare airway malformation which results from incomplete separation of the larynx and trachea from the hypopharynx and oesophagus. Patients usually present with stridor, aspiration and cyanosis associated with feeding. For early diagnosis, a high index of suspicion is needed. Unless an appropriate diagnostic approach is taken, the diagnosis can be missed. The successful ventilation of a neonate with the Laryngeal Mask Airway is described.

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