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Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2013 May-Jun;16(3):229-31. doi: 10.2350/11-09-1093-CR.1. Epub 2013 Feb 8.

Utility of a partial autopsy: a case report of congenital laryngeal atresia.

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University of Iowa, Department of Pathology, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA.

Abstract

Laryngeal atresia is a rare congenital anomaly that is fatal if not quickly diagnosed at birth. Here we report a case of unexpected congenital laryngeal atresia and esophageal atresia in a preterm male infant, in whom prenatal ultrasonic findings were limited to polyhydramnios and duodenal atresia. Attempts at intubation and emergent tracheotomy were unsuccessful. A diagnosis of congenital laryngeal atresia with esophageal atresia was made during a restricted autopsy (limited to the neck). In an era of declining autopsy rates nationwide, this case emphasizes the value of limited autopsy examinations, focused on the region of interest.

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23394317
DOI:
10.2350/11-09-1093-CR.1
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