Epiglottic hypoplasia associated with lacrimo-auriculo-dental-digital syndrome

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  • We present a case of a young boy with clinical manifestations of lacrimo-auriculo-dental-digital syndrome (LADD) with the additional finding of a hypoplastic epiglottis that caused airway obstruction at birth. We also reviewed the 30 cases of LADD that have been reported since 1967. It is a rare syndrome that includes lacrimal system, aural, digital, and dental anomalies. Our patient has lacrimal duct obstruction, deficient tissue in the inferior portion of the ear pinnae, and a hypoplastic epiglottis with collapse of the supraglottic tissue. Many findings of LADD are recognizable at birth. The clinical spectrum has widened with more case reports. Our patient adds a life-threatening airway abnormality, a hypoplastic epiglottis, to the clinical spectrum of LADD.
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  • Azar T; Arnold JE; Scott JA; Robin NH
  • Start Page

  • 779
  • End Page

  • 781
  • Volume

  • 109
  • Issue

  • 8 I