Laryngomalacia: a cause for early near miss for SIDS

Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1991 Feb;21(1):59-64. doi: 10.1016/0165-5876(91)90060-o.


Six infants had recurrent apnea of infancy episodes (near miss sudden infant death syndrome) during their neonatal period. Physical examination and laboratory investigation were normal. Polygraphic sleep monitoring revealed recurrent obstructive sleep apnea. These infants underwent fiberoptic endoscopy which showed that airway obstruction occurred at the laryngeal orifice as a result of laryngomalacia. It is suggested that laryngomalacia may be a cause for early apnea of infancy.

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / etiology
  • Apnea / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Laryngeal Diseases / complications*
  • Recurrence
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / etiology
  • Sudden Infant Death / etiology*