Baneesh A. B.1
The cardinal sign of airway obstruction stridor is well known to all medical practitioners. It may be defined as the presence of hoarse, high pitched, noisy respiration resulting from the turbulent passage of air through a narrow airway. Since stridor is nearly a manifestation of a disorder, which maybe mild or extremely grave, the process underlying the cause should be sought in every case. The investigation of an infant with stridor calls for various ancillary methods of examination in addition to clinical assessment. Though uncommon, managing a child with noisy breathing is seldom easy. A detailed history and a precise and meticulous examination are required for managing a stridulous child.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Patients attending ENT and Paediatric Department were included in the study. After taking a detailed history and examination, direct laryngoscopy was done.
24 patients with stridor were studied. Of which, acute laryngotracheobronchitis were 14 cases, laryngomalacia 3 cases, foreign body bronchus 2 cases.
Most common cause of stridor in children includes acute laryngotracheobronchitis and laryngomalacia. They are more common in children of age less than two.