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Posted On: 9 June 2020 09:48 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:07 pm

Sidra Medicine performs complex airway surgery on a baby born with a rare throat condition

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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Surgeons at Sidra Medicine, a member of Qatar Foundation, have performed a laryngotracheal reconstruction surgery on a baby born with a rare throat condition.

A statement from Sidra Medicine said that the baby was born with a laryngeal web and subglottic stenosis. This meant that her upper windpipe (trachea) was very narrow and her larynx (also known as voice box) had a thick layer of web-like tissue covering it, making it difficult for her to breathe normally. The condition is a rare birth defect, with an estimated incidence of 1 per 4000001.

Division Chief of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) and Otolaryngology at Sidra Medicine Dr. Faisal Abdulkader said that the Laryngeal web can sometimes be misdiagnosed for asthma, as the symptoms of raspy breathing and shortness of breath are very similar.

During the baby's initial assessments at Sidra Medicine, a laryngoscopy, which is a small flexible telescope, was inserted into her airway to see the extent of the blockage and the thickness of the web-like tissue. Taking Sidra Medicines renowned multidisciplinary (MDT) based approach to patient care, Dr. Abdulkader and the MDT team reviewed all the options available - minimally invasive and surgery - in consultation with her parents.

Laryngotracheal reconstruction surgery is considered a best practice methodology and is used by some of the leading childrens hospitals around the world. It is a safe and stable procedure and a suitable alternative to clearing blocked windpipes without the need for a tracheostomy.

Senior Attending PICU Physician Dr. Khaled Khalifa Bshesh Sidra Medicine said: "Sidra Medicine has established a world-class critical care program to ensure we keep our young patients safe in an environment designed to promote healing. A lot of people don't realize that intubation in the PICU is more difficult and comes with a certain degree of high risk than in the operating theater."

(Source: Qatar News Agency - QNA)