Laryngeal atresia is a complete upper airway obstruction that occurs when the larynx fails to open up and remains blocked by cartilage. This condition, also called CHAOS (congenital high airway obstruction syndrome) requires an immediate tracheotomy at birth. Watch an endoscopy that shows a child's airway after it was reconstructed to treat laryngeal atresia.
Topics Covered: Laryngeal Atresia, Congenital High Airway Obstruction Syndrome (CHAOS)
Related Centers and Programs: Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders