Type i Chiari malformation presenting with laryngomalacia and dysphagia

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We describe clinical features of an infant with laryngomalacia and dysphagia caused by type I Chiari malformation (CM-I). A 12-month-old child presented with a 6 month history of progressive stridor, dysphagia, and gastroesophageal reflux. Examination of the airway and swallowing function indicated mild laryngomalacia and aspiration with all consistencies. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain indicated CM-I. Symptoms were resolved after posterior fossa decompression. CM-I, typically diagnosed later in life, should be considered in the differential diagnosis of laryngomalacia and dysphagia. High clinical suspicion and thorough search for abnormalities ensure early diagnosis and proper management of children with neurologic variant laryngomalacia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-797
Number of pages3
JournalPediatrics International
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015


  • dysphagia
  • infant
  • laryngomalacia
  • stridor
  • type I Chiari malformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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