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Management of Airway Obstruction and Stridor in Pediatric Patients

November 2017

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Children are more likely than adults to experience upper airway obstruction, which often presents with stridor. Because stridor is a sign and not a diagnosis, the underlying etiology must be determined to guide management. In this issue, you will learn:

  • Key findings on the history and physical examination that will help make the diagnosis
  • How to determine when imaging studies are necessary and which provide the most information
  • Evidence-based recommendations for proper management of infectious, noninfectious, and chronic etiologies of stridor
  • How to decide when a patient can be safely discharged home and when they need to be admitted 

Keywords: airway obstruction, upper airway obstruction, stridor, acute stridor, chronic stridor, croup, epiglottitis, bacterial tracheitis, mononucleosis, foreign body, anaphylaxis, biphasic reaction, airway burns, thermal burns, laryngomalacia, tracheomalacia, subglottic stenosis, tracheal stenosis, vocal cord paralysis, vocal cord dysfunction, respiratory papilloma, peritonsillar abscess, retropharyngeal abscess, diphtheria, deep space neck infections, subglottic hemangioma, vascular rings, and bronchogenic cysts, emergency department, pediatric, child

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