Hypoplastic epiglottis in a non-syndromic child: A rare anomaly with serious consequences

Habib G. Rizk, Michel Nassar, Ziad Rohayem, Simon J. Rassi

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Hypoplasia of the epiglottis is a rarely reported anomaly. These patients may have complex malformations or are totally asymptomatic. We herewith present the case of a 26-month-old infant who was repeatedly treated for severe aspiration pneumonias that didn't resolve with gastrostomy. The role of epiglottis in protecting the airway is an unsolved question. The long-term evolution of hypoplasic epiglottis cases is also not known. The presentation and the evolution in cases of epiglottic anomalies vary a lot to deduce a trend. Close specialized follow-up is needed to answer these questions and to optimize these patients' prognosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)952-955
Number of pages4
JournalInternational journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Airway
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Hypoplastic epiglottis
  • Prognosis
  • Swallowing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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