Cardiovascular causes of airway compression.

  title={Cardiovascular causes of airway compression.},
  author={Barry D. Kussman and Tal Geva and Francis X. McGowan},
  journal={Paediatric anaesthesia},
  volume={14 1},
Compression of the paediatric airway is a relatively common and often unrecognized complication of congenital cardiac and aortic arch anomalies. Airway obstruction may be the result of an anomalous relationship between the tracheobronchial tree and vascular structures (producing a vascular ring) or the result of extrinsic compression caused by dilated pulmonary arteries, left atrial enlargement, massive cardiomegaly, or intraluminal bronchial obstruction. A high index of suspicion of mechanical… CONTINUE READING


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