J Korean Soc Neonatol.  2007 May;14(1):109-113.

A Case of Congenital Bilateral Choanal Atresia associated with Athelia in Neonate

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. crkim@hanyang.ac.kr


Choanal atresia is the congenital failure of one or both posterior nasal apertures to communicate with the nasopharynx. Coexisting congenital anomalies are 20% to 50% of patients. Bilateral choanal atresia almost always presents respiratory distress, sucking difficulty and cyanosis relieved by crying in the newborn. Bilateral choanal atresia in newborns and infants carries significant morbidity and mortality, therefore, prompt correction is required. Athelia is the absence of the nipple-areola complex. It is a rare entity that can be either congenital or acquired. Congenital athelia is always associated with amastia and a syndrome. We report a case of choanal atresia associated athelia, in term baby.


Choanal atresia; Athelia
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