This site is intended for healthcare professionals
General Practice Notebook
Medical search

floppy larynx syndrome

FREE subscriptions for doctors and students... click here
You have 3 open access pages.

Laryngomalacia is a congenital laryngeal stridor characterised by flaccidity of supraglottic structures. It accounts for 60-70% of cases of congenital stridor, and affects both sexes equally.

Presentation occurs soon after birth or may not be obvious until the child becomes active or develops an acute upper respiratory tract infection. The stridor occurs on inspiration only, and is high-pitched and crowing. It may be intermittent appearing only when the child is feeding or crying. It is more pronounced during sleep especially if the child lies on its back. Symptomatic relief may be provided by hyperextending the neck.

Typically, symptoms increase in severity during the first 8 months, reach a maximum at 9-12 months, and then resolve.

Very rarely, the condition may cause sufficient respiratory distress that active treatment is indicated. Options include tracheostomy, excision of redundant mucosa, or laser division of the aryepiglottic folds.

Links:

General Practice Notebook
General Practice Notebook
The information provided herein should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical practitioner should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Copyright 2016 Oxbridge Solutions LtdĀ®. Any distribution or duplication of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. Oxbridge Solutions LtdĀ® receives funding from advertising but maintains editorial independence. GPnotebook stores small data files on your computer called cookies so that we can recognise you and provide you with the best service. If you do not want to receive cookies please do not use GPnotebook.