Laryngomalacia | Diagnosis and Treatment

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How is layrngomalacia diagnosed?

Based on the severity of symptoms, your child’s doctor may suggest any of the following tests to evaluate the condition:

  • chest X-ray
  • airway fluoroscopy
  • bronchoscopy
  • cat scan (CT) with 3‐D reconstruction
  • echocardiogram
  • functional endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
  • laryngoscopy
  • rigid bronchoscopy

How is laryngomalacia treated?

While most cases of laryngomalacia resolve over time without surgery, more severe cases require a treatment called supraglottoplasty. This surgery involves cutting the folds of tissue to open the supraglottic airway (the area above the vocal chords).

During this procedure, your child will be under general anesthesia. After surgery, your child will be admitted to the hospital for a 24-hour observation period.

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