Laryngeal atresia is a complete upper airway obstruction that occurs when the larynx fails to open during a baby's development in utero and remains blocked by cartilage or other tissue after birth. This condition is also called CHAOS (complete high airway obstruction syndrome). Babies with laryngeal atresia will require an immediate tracheostomy at birth.
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