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Whistles and wheezes: don't miss diseases
  1. J Cyriac,
  2. K Huxstep
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr J Cyriac Department of Paediatrics, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, CM1 7ET, UK; Job.Cyriac{at}


Upper airway obstruction (UAO) in infants and children has a broad spectrum of presentations including benign self-resolving conditions, from mild croup, to critical life-threatening conditions which, though uncommon now, require prompt recognition and effective multidisciplinary collaborative management to achieve a good outcome. The aim of this article is to highlight the diagnostic and management difficulties in acute UAO in paediatric patients and encourage a problem-solving approach.

  • Airway Obstruction
  • Subcutaneous Emphysema
  • Retropharyngeal Abscess,
  • Vascular Ring
  • Oesophageal Trauma

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