Chronic pediatric stridor: etiology and outcome

Laryngoscope. 1990 Mar;100(3):277-80. doi: 10.1288/00005537-199003000-00013.


Stridor in children is usually acute. This paper represents a chart review and telephone survey of 60 patients with chronic pediatric stridor. The most common etiology was laryngomalacia, which required airway intervention in 22% of the patients. The symptoms persisted beyond 18 months of age in 17% of the patients. Twelve percent of the patients had multiple lesions; 65% of the second lesions were below the vocal cords. It appears that the presence of cyanosis should increase physician suspicion of multiple lesions. There was not a higher risk of recurrent upper respiratory infections with any of the diagnoses.

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Chronic Disease
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hemangioma / complications
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / adverse effects
  • Laryngeal Diseases / complications
  • Laryngeal Diseases / congenital
  • Laryngeal Neoplasms / complications
  • Laryngostenosis / complications
  • Laryngostenosis / congenital
  • Prognosis
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Sounds / etiology*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / complications
  • Retrospective Studies