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Posted by: Nat | 2011-04-17

laryngomalacia

Hi, my son is 10 weeks old, as his paedtrician thinks he has laryngomalacia, and would like an ENT to do a scope? Is this really necessary? She would also like to do the scope to rule out reflux etc.

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Dear Nat

It is essential to have an endoscopic examination of your son's larynx, as the diagnosis of laryngomalacia can only be made on direct vision of the larynx. Other causes of stridor (difficulty to breathe) must be excluded, as the management is vastly different. The procedure is relatively well tolerated, but important to confirm your doctor's suspicion. The aim is to ensure correct management, as airway problems in babies can be problematic if not handled correctly.

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