May 1980

Laryngo-tracheal Problems in the Pediatric Patient

Author Affiliations

University of Rochester Medical Center 601 Elmwood Ave Rochester, NY 14642


edited by Gerald B. Healy and Trevor J. I. McGill, 129 pp, $13.75, Springfield, Ill, Charles C Thomas Publisher, 1979.

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(5):529. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130170079035

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Laryngotracheal diseases of the infant and child can be a potential threat to life, are often difficult to assess, and not infrequently are poorly understood. This book is therefore timely and welcome. It is a slender volume consisting of a series of monographs and two panel discussions by distinguished contributors from the various disciplines of otolaryngology, pediatrics, radiology, anesthesia, and surgery.

The text is introduced with an enlightening discussion of the special anatomical features of the infant larynx that make it so susceptible to obstruction. The middle chapters contain the major body of information so far as the practicing pediatrician is concerned. They deal with the topics of the differential diagnosis of upper airway obstruction, radiological considerations of laryngotracheal problems, inflammatory diseases of the larynx, the team approach to epiglottitis, anesthetic management of epiglottitis, congenital anomalies of the larynx, and subglottic stenosis. These sections are concise, lucid, and comprehensive. The