Severe respiratory distress at birth caused by a hairy polyp of the Eustachian tube: Transoral endoscopy-guided treatment

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Abstract

Hairy polyps are rare developmental lesions, which present as masses mainly consisting of fatty tissue covered by skin, seldom localized in the nasopharynx, causing respiratory obstruction. We describe the case of a female newborn affected by a hairy polyp arising from the left Eustachian tube, who presented severe respiratory distress soon after birth. The polyp was successfully removed transorally under videoendoscopic guidance. This case highlights the importance of including hairy polyp in the differential diagnosis of respiratory distress at birth because this type of tumor can be lethal and requires prompt treatment. A transoral endoscopy-guided approach can allow successful and minimally invasive excision even in a newborn.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-160
Number of pages3
JournalCongenital Anomalies
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2015

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Eustachian Tube
Polyps
Endoscopy
Parturition
Nasopharynx
Adipose Tissue
Differential Diagnosis
Skin
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Eustachian tube
  • Hairy polyp
  • Neonatal respiratory distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Embryology

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