October 1986

Upper Airway Obstruction in Infants With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neonatology, Children's Hospital of San Francisco (Dr Usowicz); the Division of Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, and the Division of Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, Mount Zion Hospital, San Francisco (Dr Golabi); and the Department of Medical Genetics, Valley Children's Hospital, Fresno, Calif (Dr Curry).

Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(10):1039-1041. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140240085031

• Fetal alcohol syndrome is a well-known entity, but its association with upper airway anomalies has not been established. We describe three patients, all of whom had fetal alcohol syndrome and upper airway obstruction. Recognition of this problem is important, as it may help to prevent serious complications such as obstructive apnea, sudden infant death syndrome, or pulmonary hypertension in these already compromised infants.

(AJDC 1986;140:1039-1041)