Laryngomalacia: an atypical case and review of the literature

Ear Nose Throat J. 2004 May;83(5):334, 336-8.


Laryngomalacia is the most common cause of stridor in newborns and infants. Patients usually present with an inspiratory stridor only, although some exhibit other anomalies. To rule out other possible pathologies, bronchoscopy is advisable. However, the authors of some recent studies have advocated the use of fiberoptic laryngoscopy as a more cost-effective and less-invasive alternative. No surgical intervention is required to treat laryngomalacia in most cases. The disease usually resolves spontaneously by the time a patient reaches the age of 24 months. In this article, we describe a case of laryngomalacia that was atypical in that the patient was 10 years old. We also review the literature in an effort to increase awareness of this condition.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / etiology
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Child
  • Epiglottis / pathology
  • Epiglottis / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Laryngeal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Laryngeal Diseases / pathology
  • Laryngeal Diseases / physiopathology
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Male
  • Respiratory Sounds / etiology*
  • Voice Quality