Multimodality imaging of pediatric airways disease: indication and technique

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Congenital and acquired airway anomalies represent a relatively common albeit diagnostic and therapeutic challenge, even for the most skilled operators in dedicated centers. Airway malformations encompass a wide spectrum of pathologies involving the larynx, trachea and bronchi, esophagus, mediastinal vessels. These developmental lesions are often isolated but the association of two or more anomalies is not infrequent. From the traditional chest X-ray to the newest applications of Optical Coherence Tomography, non- or mini-invasive diagnostic techniques represent useful tools to integrate invasive procedures. Comprehensive knowledge of the characteristics of each diagnostic test is mandatory for its useful application. The aim of our paper is to analyze the clinical indications for Imaging the Airway disease in pediatric population, and describe the diagnostic techniques. Only by a close interaction between all the operators involved in diagnosis and treatment of pediatric airway, as it happens in Multidisciplinary Airway Team, the non- or mini-invasive imaging is effective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-429
Number of pages11
JournalRadiologia Medica
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


  • Child
  • Humans
  • Laryngeal Diseases
  • Larynx
  • Multimodal Imaging
  • Trachea
  • Tracheal Diseases
  • Journal Article


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