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Vallecular cyst causing sleep-disordered breathing in an older child.

BMJ Case Reports 2024 April 18
Consensus-based recommendations are needed to better guide paediatric otolaryngologists in providing standardised care to children with sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). Here we present a unique case of vallecular cyst found during SDB workup in a patient in their middle childhood (6-12 years old). While the patient underwent successful cyst resection, he was noted to have a suspected recurrence 6 months later. Immediately prior to revision excision, repeat awake flexible fibre-optic laryngoscopy revealed complete resolution of the suspected recurrence. This case underscores the significance of performing a complete upper airway examination, including endoscopic examination, to identify structural and anatomical lesions in older children with SDB.

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