Respiratory distress secondary to nasopharyngeal glial heterotopia

N Pakkasjärvi, P Salminen, T Kalajoki-Helmiö, R Rintala, A Pitkäranta
European Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2008, 18 (2): 117-8
Nasal glial heterotopia (nasal glioma) is a rare congenital malformation of neural origin. We present a newborn baby with life-threatening respiratory distress secondary to nasopharyngeal glial heterotopia that obstructed the nasopharyngeal or nasal airway. A high degree of suspicion, early diagnosis and surgical management are essential to cure this rare and potentially life-threatening disorder.

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