Hypoplastic Epiglottis in a Nonsyndromic Child: A Rare Cause of Chronic Cough

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We describe a 2-year-old girl born out of a nonconsanguineous marriage who presented with dry cough since birth, which was often associated with feeding. She never had any choking or cyanotic/apneic spells. Her voice and cry were normal. She was born at term with no obvious congenital anomalies or perinatal problems. The child never had any other significant illness or respiratory distress to warrant hospital admission. On examination, she was a healthy-looking child without any abnormal syndromic facies or craniofacial or any other congenital anomaly. Flexible bronchoscopy done under sedation and local anesthesia revealed a rounded, short, stump-like hypoplastic epiglottis with a smooth contour. The rest of the laryngeal apparatus and the trachea-bronchial tree had normal appearance. The parents were advised to feed the child in a propped-up position and thickening of feeds to avoid aspirations. She remains well under follow-up. Hypoplastic epiglottis is a rare congenital anomaly of the upper airway, which can present with chronic cough. Endoscopic evaluation of the upper airway should be considered early in children presenting with cough associated with feeding problems.

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