Laryngomalacia is a common condition, in which the tissues of the larynx are more floppy than normal.This causes obstructed and noisy breathing, which is particulary evident when the child inhales. Most children can be monitored without requiring any specific intervention, because the problem eases as the child grows. Occasionally, children will require surgery if the obstruction is severe.
It is important to be certain of the diagnosis because other causes of upper airway obstruction can be dangerous and require immediate intervention. The only certain way to confirm the diagnosis of laryngomalacia is by performing a flexible bronchoscopy.
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