We report a case of worsening respiratory distress associated with opisthotonus secondary to tracheomalacia, a rather unique pathophysiological phenomenon. A 2-month-old male baby was referred to our hospital for respiratory distress syndrome with a noticeable opisthotonus. Examination and investigation confirmed the presence of an aberrant innominate artery compressing the trachea. The infant underwent aortopexy and made a dramatic post-operative recovery. Of special note, the opisthotonus vanished soon after the operation. Opisthotonus is not always related to neurological impairment and may be a warning sign of mediastinal overcrowding in patients with respiratory distress syndrome secondary to vascular compression.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2013|
- Pediatric airway
- Respiratory distress
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health