Tracheal agenesis

A rare cause of unsuccessful tracheal intubation during resuscitation

M. Iszuari, A. Mazita, Geok Chin Tan, A. R. Hayati, Shareena Ishak, Cheah Fook Choe

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Tracheal agenesis is a rare congenital airway anomaly that usually results in a fatal outcome. The diagnosis is usually made through post-mortem examination. In the current literature, there has been no reported long-term survival although a few reports claimed prolongation of life of several hours to days. This condition is commonly associated with premature birth, polyhydramnios and a male predominance. In 90% of the cases, it is associated with multiple cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and genitourinary tract anomalies which are incompatible with life. We report a case of a premature newborn with severe respiratory distress, absent cry and cyanosis soon after birth. Attempts at endotracheal intubation failed as it was no possible to negotiate the tube beyond the vocal cords. Needle cricothyrotomy and attempted tracheostomy also failed to secure the airway. The diagnosis was confirmed at post-mortem examination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-320
Number of pages2
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume65
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

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Intubation
Resuscitation
Autopsy
Life Support Care
Polyhydramnios
Cyanosis
Intratracheal Intubation
Fatal Outcome
Vocal Cords
Tracheostomy
Premature Birth
Needles
Gastrointestinal Tract
Parturition
Tracheal agenesis
Genitourinary Tract Anomalies

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Tracheal agenesis : A rare cause of unsuccessful tracheal intubation during resuscitation. / Iszuari, M.; Mazita, A.; Tan, Geok Chin; Hayati, A. R.; Ishak, Shareena; Fook Choe, Cheah.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 65, No. 4, 12.2010, p. 319-320.

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