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Crit Care Med. 1982 Jul;10(7):453-5.

Predictive value of stridor in detecting laryngeal injury in extubated neonates.


We evaluated 73 consecutively extubated neonates for evidence of acute laryngeal injury from intubation. Hoarseness and stridor were graded by a clinical scoring system. Direct laryngoscopy with a flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope yielded a 44% incidence of moderate or major laryngeal injury. All patients with stridor had moderate or major injury, as did 38% of patients without stridor. Stridor was quite specific for detecting moderate or major injury but did not identify the type of injury.

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