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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 118-120

Transalar transphenoidal meningoencephalocele: A rare cause of respiratory distress in a neonate

1 Department of Pediatrics, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, G.B. Pant Hospital, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Anu Maheshwari
Department of Pediatrics, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Bangla Sahib Marg, New Delhi - 110 001
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.92829

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Respiratory distress in an infant is a common cause of admission in neonatal intensive care facility. Obstructive lesions of the airway constitute a minority of problems in the new born but present a diagnostic challenge. We present a 30-day-old male infant admitted with respiratory distress who was diagnosed to have an oropharyngeal cystic mass which on further evaluation by computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a transalar transsphenoidal meningoencephalocele herniating into the oral cavity through a congenital split palate. The patient was operated successfully using a transpalatal approach leading to complete resolution of respiratory distress.


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