Life-threatening diseases of the upper respiratory tract

Derek S. Wheeler*

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Acute airway obstruction is one of the most common causes of acute respiratory failure in children. Left untreated, it can rapidly progress to cardiopulmonary arrest and death. There are several important anatomical differences between pediatric and adult patients that render children more susceptible to acute airway obstruction. In addition, there are several diseases that can cause life-threatening acute airway compromise. An understanding of the developmental anatomy and physiology, as well as the myriad diseases that can cause airway compromise in children is therefore essential for all healthcare personnel that provide care for critically ill children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRespiratory, Cardiovascular and Central Nervous Systems
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781447163565
ISBN (Print)1447163559, 9781447163558
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Acute airway obstruction
  • Airway trauma
  • Bacterial tracheitis
  • Croup
  • Epiglottitis
  • Foreign body aspiration
  • Peritonsillar abscess
  • Post-extubation stridor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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