Tracheal agenesis is a potentially lethal congenital anomaly, appearing only at birth. We describe a newborn preterm infant who presented with immediate respiratory distress and no audible cry. There was almost complete tracheal agenesis with a very short segment of distal trachea (only two tracheal rings) arising from the anterior wall of the esophagus, before dividing into the mainstem bronchi. The anomaly was unsuspected prenatally, as the scan showed pyloric atresia and complex congenital cardiac disease. Despite the patient's difficult course, with correction of the rare-associated malformations (cardiac and gastrointestinal tract anomalies), the fact that the child is lively and neurologically normal for her age, requires that we now consider the patency of the airway and the possibility of surgical correction, in accordance with a good quality of life.

Tracheal agenesis: management of the first 10 months of life.

GARGIULO, GAETANO DOMENICO;LIMA, MARIO;PILU, GIANLUIGI;
2004

Abstract

Tracheal agenesis is a potentially lethal congenital anomaly, appearing only at birth. We describe a newborn preterm infant who presented with immediate respiratory distress and no audible cry. There was almost complete tracheal agenesis with a very short segment of distal trachea (only two tracheal rings) arising from the anterior wall of the esophagus, before dividing into the mainstem bronchi. The anomaly was unsuspected prenatally, as the scan showed pyloric atresia and complex congenital cardiac disease. Despite the patient's difficult course, with correction of the rare-associated malformations (cardiac and gastrointestinal tract anomalies), the fact that the child is lively and neurologically normal for her age, requires that we now consider the patency of the airway and the possibility of surgical correction, in accordance with a good quality of life.
BARONCINI-CORNEA S; FAE M; GARGIULO G; GENTILI A; LIMA M.; PIGNA A; PILU G; TANCREDI S; TURCI G.
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