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Korean Journal of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery > Volume 31(2); 1988 > Article
Korean Journal of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 1988;31(2): 345-50.
A Case of Bilateral Congenital Choanal Atresia
Bong Soo Han, MD, Gi Ho Park, MD, and Joong Hwan Cho, MD
Department of Otolaryngology, Maryknoll General Hospital, Pusan, Korea
양측 선천성 후비공 폐쇄증 1례
한봉수 · 박기호 · 조중환
부산 메리놀병원 이비인후과

Bilateral congenital choanal atresia is a rare anomaly of the posterior nasal choanae. The etiology of this anomaly is unknown : it may be teratogenic or genetic. Bilateral nasal obstruction in the infant involves an imminent risk of suffocation because the infant does not breathe through the mouth during the first few weeks of life due to anatomic conditions of the mouth and pharynx. Therefore, bilateral congenital choanal atresia is an example of such a life threatening condition that calls for immediate recognition and treatment. Computed tomographic scans have improved diagnostic differentiation between membranous and bony atresia, and this has been helpful in planning surgery. Recently, the authors have experienced one case of bilateral congenital choanal atresia in 16 years old female who had surgical correction by transpalatine approach with good operation result.

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