The Child With Airway Obstruction

  • Daran W. Haber


An 8-year-old boy presented to the pediatric emergency room with respiratory distress and wheezing. He was sitting up with his jaw thrust forward. Although not cyanotic, he had inspiratory and expiratory wheezing, labored breathing, and stridor. He was frightened and anxious but remained alert and cooperative. A diagnosis of epiglottitis was considered. Personnel from surgery, pediatrics, otolaryngology, and anesthesiology were notified. Vital signs on admission were blood pressure, 110/70mmHg; pulse, 120/min; respirations, 30/min; temperature, 101°F orally. No attempt was made to obtain blood work or to examine the throat or epiglottis.


Foreign Body Airway Obstruction Esophageal Atresia Branchial Arch Tracheal Stenosis 
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