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Eliza Brożek-Mądry, *Lidia Zawadzka-Głos, Mieczysław Chmielik
POST-OPERATIVE FOLLOW-UP IN CHILDREN WITH CHOANAL ATRESIA
Department of Paediatric ENT, Warsaw Medical University, Poland
Head of Department: Prof. Mieczysław Chmielik, MD, PhD
Choanal atresia in children can appear as an isolated congenital malformation or coexists in certain syndromes. The Department of Paediatric Otolaryngology of the Medical University of Warsaw is one of a few centres where surgical treatment of choanal atresia is performed.
Aim: Objective evaluation of nasal patency and laryngological examination of patients operated on with a transnasal approach. Material and method: A group of seven children with choanal atresia operated transnasally was examined. In this group nasal patency was evaluated using rhinomanometry and a complete laryngological examination concentrating on palate motility and phonation was performed.
Results: In the studied group the laryngological examination with particular interest in the oral and nasal cavity is presented. There were three patients with nasalization and three patients with nasal cavity obturation to various extent presented in rhinomanometry.
Conclusions: 1. Material analysis of children operated on in 1995-2007 shows an increased number of transnasal operations, which correlates with the world literature. 2. Rhinomanometry is a reliable and non-invasive method in postoperative monitoring of nasal patency. 3. Nasal decongestants show a lesser influence on the rhinomanometry results on the operated side, especially in children presenting in follow-up with nasal patency disorders. 4. Presence of nasalization in operated patients suggests the necessity of further examination of phonation in follow-ups.
Choanal atresia (CA) is a disease that may involve choanae completely or may exist unilaterally, which underlies the differences of the intensity of symptoms, such as breathing and feeding difficulties. The incidence is evaluated to be 1:5000 to 1:8000 of live births. It is observed more frequently in females, unilaterally and on the right side (1, 2). In 70% of patients with choanal atresia there is observed a bony-membranous atretic plate, while 30% present with bony atretic plate (3). Genetic background, maternal diseases and medications used during pregnancy are discussed as factors contributing to the incidence of CA. In CHARGE syndrome, which includes coloboma (C), heart disease (H), choanal atresia (A), retardation of growth and development (R), genitourinary anomaly (G), and ear defect (E), there is a mutation described in more than half of the patients in the gene CHD7, locus 8q12 (4, 5, 6, 7). The cellular role of the protein CHD7 is in organization of chromatin (CHD7-chromodomain helicase DNA-binding protein). Among medications used during pregnancy, methimazole and carbimazole can be responsible for CA (8, 9).
Choanal atresia is managed surgically. Ways of surgical approach to choanal atresia in children involve transnasal and transpalatal approach. In adults a transseptal approach is also described.
Transnasal surgical techniques include classical surgery, endoscopic surgery, laser surgery, and balloon dilation. In the literature we often meet with different techniques of mucosal flap formation as a method of yielding mucosa for newly formed bony canal as well as with trials of abandoning stenting of the nasal cavities. In recent years many operations have been performed transnasally due to spectacular development of endoscopic techniques (10, 11).
Most frequently evaluated parameters in patients´ follow-up after surgical treatment of choanal atresia include nasal patency, sense of smell and hearing (12, 13, 14, 15). Nasal patency was evaluated using either acoustic rhinometry or rhinomanometry. Leclerc et al. examined olfaction in 7 patients and concluded that nasal patency disorders may lead to weaker development of olfactory nerves on the side with choanal atresia. Zawadzka et al. evaluated efficiency of the Eustachian tube in children operated with a transnasal and transpalatal approach and did not notice any differences between them in the measurement of acoustic impedance.
Between 1959 and 2007 there were 136 patients operated on in the Otolaryngology Department of the Medical University in Warsaw (96 females and 40 males; F/M ratio ~ 5:2). The total number of operations in this period was 183 including 47 reoperations. Unilateral CA was diagnosed in 77 patients and bilateral CA in 59 children. To achieve the aim of this paper we found the addresses of 19 patients and of this group only 7 were able and agreed to come for the examination; thus the paper has a preliminary character.
Objective evaluation of nasal patency and laryngological examination of patients operated on with the transnasal approach.
MATERIAL AND METHOD
A group of 7 children operated on transnasally attended the outpatient clinic for the follow-up. These children had a complete laryngological examination with evaluation of the soft and hard palate and nasalization. They also underwent anterior rhinomanometry with and without mucosal decongestion (abcRHINO).
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