Radiographics 2015 Nov-Dec;35(7):2064-79. Epub 2015 Oct 23.
From the Department of Radiology, University of British Columbia, 3350-950 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 1M9 (K.E.D., L.K.Y.); Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC (A.T.R.); and Department of Radiology, British Columbia Children's Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada (L.K.Y.).
Acute airway obstruction is much more common in infants and children than in adults because of their unique anatomic and physiologic features. Even in young patients with partial airway occlusion, symptoms can be severe and potentially life-threatening. Factors that predispose children to airway compromise include the orientation of their larynx, the narrow caliber of their trachea, and their weak intercostal muscles. Read More