Journal article

Double aortic arch presenting as severe bronchiolitis in a 2-week-old infant

AL Griffiths, J Massie, M South

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING ASIA | Published : 2005

Abstract

A 2-week-old female infant was transferred from a regional hospital for mechanical ventilation after developing severe respiratory distress. Stridor had been present since the age of 1 week and was complicated by coryzal illness. Mechanical ventilation was difficult with marked inspiratory and expiratory flow obstruction recorded by the ventilator. Echocardiogram showed a normal heart. Flexible bronchoscopy revealed mid-tracheal extrinsic compression (unchanged with positive end-expiratory pressure) and advancement of the endotracheal tube by 2 cm completely corrected the flow obstruction. Repeat echocardiogram showed a double aortic arch. This case report emphasizes the importance of clinic..

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