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Current Concepts in Diagnosis and anagement of Laryngomalacia Shraddha Mukerji, MD Harold Pine, MD Department of Otolaryngology University of Texas Medical.

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1 Current Concepts in Diagnosis and anagement of Laryngomalacia Shraddha Mukerji, MD Harold Pine, MD Department of Otolaryngology University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston March 31, 2009

2 Overview Discuss Pathogenesis Clinical presentation Laryngomalacia and GERD Diagnosis Medical and surgical management Parental counseling

3 What is laryngomalacia? Laryngomalacia (LM) is the commonest congenital laryngeal anomaly of the newborn characterized by flaccid laryngeal tissue and inward collapse of the supraglottic structures leading to upper airway obstruction Jackson C, Jackson C. Diseases and injuries of the larynx. New York: MacMillan; p.63–9

4 Etiopathogenesis Cartilage immaturity Anatomic abnormality Neuromuscular immaturity

5 Cartilage immaturity First proposed by Sutherland and Lack in the late 19 th century Delayed development of the cartilageneous support of the larynx Theory has been disproved  No histological evidence of chondropathy  Incidence not different in premature infants

6 Anatomic abnormality LM is a result of the exaggeration of an infantile larynx (Iglauer1922) May or may not be an important factor since stridor is not seen in all infants with ‘omega epiglottis’ Congenital laryngeal stridor (laryngomalacia): etiologic factors and associated disorders. Belmont JR, Grundfast K. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol Sep-Oct;93(5 Pt 1):430-7.

7 Neuromuscular immaturity There is a high prevalance of neurologic disorders with LM Some believe that neuromuscular immaturity leads to laryngeal hypotonia and LM May be one of the several components of LM

8 Laryngomalacia and GERD % of infants with LM have GERD It is not clear whether GERD is a cause or an effect of LM EMPIRIC REFLUX THERAPY  choking,  frequent emesis,  regurgitation  or feeding difficulty

9 Proposed pathogenesis of GERD in LM Respiration against a fixed obstruction Large –ve intrathoracic pressure Reflux into esophagus and LPR Laryngeal edema Increased prolapse Increased obstruction

10 Proposed pathogenesis of GERD in LM Disruption of effective vagal tone to LES Relative decreased LES GERD This pathogenesis leads credence to “NEUROLOGICAL IMMATURITY” theory of LM

11 Conditions that worsen LM Prematurity Neuromuscular disorders: higher incidence, increased severity Synchronous airway lesion  20% incidence  Tracheomalacia, sublglottic stenosis, bronchomalacia, pharyngomalacia, vallecular cyst  Potentiates GERD  Surgical failures Toynton SC, SaundersMW, Bailey CM. Aryepiglottoplasty for laryngomalacia: 100 consecutive cases. J Laryngol Otol 2001;115:35–8.

12 Clinical presentation Stridor is the hallmark of congenital LM  High pitched, inspiratory, worsens with agitation, crying, feeding or in the supine position Feeding symptoms  Choking, coughing, prolonged feeding time, recurrent emesis, dysphagia, weight loss GERD symptoms Complications

13 Complications of LM 10-20% of patients present with complications Life threatening airway obstruction Failure to thrive Cyanosis Sleep apnea Pulmonary hypertension, developmental delay and cardiac failure

14 Classification schemes Based on symptomatology/flexible laryngoscopy  Mild  Moderate  Severe Based on mechanism of collapse  Anterior: epiglottis  Posterior: large arytenoids  Laterally: AE folds

15 Classification scheme based on symptoms, flexible laryngoscopy MILD SEVERE

16 Classification scheme based on mechanism of LM ANTERIOR POSTERIOR LATERAL

17 Diagnosis History Physical examination Flexible laryngoscopy

18 Direct laryngoscopy video You may have to click or double-click to see the movie

19 Complementary studies Chest X-ray to r/o aspiration Esophagram  Extent and degree of reflux  r/o concomitant GI disorder pH study if Nissen’s surgery is necessary Sleep Study to document severity of apnea in severe LM and in surgical failures

20 Management Medical Empiric reflux acid suppression Feeding modifications Posture repositioning SurgicalSupraglottoplastyEpiglottopexyTracheostomy Thompson DM. Abnormal sensorimotor integrative function of the larynx in congenital laryngomalacia: a new theory of etiology. Laryngoscope 2007;117:1–33. Giannoni C, Sulek M, Friedman EM, et al. Gastroesophageal reflux association with laryngomalacia:a prospective study. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 1998;43:11–20.

21 Empiric reflux acid suppression % of patients with LM have GERD H2 receptor antagonist (RA) or Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) H2RA: ranitidine 3mg/kg three times daily PPI: 1mg/kg daily If symptoms worsen  6mg/kg of ranitidine at night + 1mg/kg of PPI daily Thompson DM. Abnormal sensorimotor integrative function of the larynx in congenital laryngomalacia: a new theory of etiology. Laryngoscope 2007;117:1–33.

22 Feeding modifications Pacing Thickening formula feeds Upright feeding position Small, frequent feeds

23 Evolving concepts in surgical management of LM Current Variot was the first to suggest removal of excess of AE tissue as treatment of LM Re-introduction of concept of removal of SG tissue for treatment of LM Sporadic reports of endoscopic trimming, partial epiglottopexy, wedge resection but no definite technique Endoscopic techniques revisited and defined Endoscopic supraglottoplasty Epiglottopexy

24 Indications for surgery Absolute indications Relative indications Cor pulmonale Aspiration Pulmonary hypertension Difficult-to-feed child who has failed medical intervention Hypoxia Weight loss with feeding difficulty Apnea Recurrent cyanosis Failure to thrive Pectus excavatum Stridor with respiratory compromise Stridor with significant retractions Richter GT, Thompson DM. The surgical management of laryngomalacia. Otolaryngol Clin North Am Oct;41(5):837-64, vii.

25 Contraindications Relatively uncommon Proceed with caution  Patients with comorbidities  Patients with multiple levels of airway obstruction Postpone surgery till resolution of URI WEIGHT AND AGE ARE NOT CI TO SURGERY

26 Pre-operative counseling Overnight hospitalization in the ICU The stridor will improve, but NOT DISAPPEAR Expect feeding improvement Reflux precautions and medications to be continued Risk of revision surgery

27 Anesthetic considerations Spontaneous breathing analgesia ETT in the nasopharynx, mouth Spray (1% lidocaine <2 years, 2% ≥ 2yrs) 0.5 mg/kg of decadron Intubation only for unstable patients or patients with poor pulmonary reserve GOOD COMMUNICATION WITH THE ANESTHESIOLOGISTS

28 Surgical Set-up Rigid bronchoscopy  Visualize subglottis, trachea and bronchi  R/O synchronous airway lesion Assess VC mobility if not assessed previously

29 What is Supraglottoplasty It is a surgery designed to treat LM that aims to trim the aryepiglottic folds and remove soft tissue, overriding the arytenoids

30 Surgical Steps of Supraglottoplasty AE folds Pharyngoepiglottic fold Arytenoids Extent of AE fold dissection 1 2

31 AE fold trimming with forceps and scissors

32 Surgical steps, contd… Pre-opPost-op

33 Removal of redundant arytenoid mucosa Achieve hemostasis using Afrin pledgets Laser precautions CO2 laser to remove redundant soft tissue over both arytenoids Preserve inter-arytenoid mucosa

34 How much supra-arytenoid mucosa is to be removed? Suction test Polonovski JM, Contencin P, Francois M, et al. Aryepiglottic fold excision for the treatment of severe laryngomalacia. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 1990;99:625–7. Zalzal GH, Collins WO. Microdebrider-assisted supraglottoplasty Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol Mar;69(3): Epub 2004 Dec 8.

35 Pre and Post op results Pre-op Post-op

36 Instrumentation Microdebrider CO2 laser Cold instruments

37 Post-operative care Intubation versus immediate extubation Feeding may be started when infant is awake One or two doses of post-operative steroids Aggressive empiric reflux therapy Follow-up in 2-4 weeks Monitor airway symptoms, apneic spells and feeding adequacy

38 Complications after surgery 8%, relatively uncommon Increases with multiple comorbidites Site-specific complications include bleeding, infection, web formation, granulation tissue Technical complications include supraglottic stenosis – difficult to treat, so best is prevention

39 Epiglottopexy Indicated if the primary level of obstruction is a retroflexed epiglottis Commonly seen in infants with global delay, hypotonia & neurological disorders Tell parents that tracheostomy may be necessary Main risks are aspiration, supraglottic stenosis

40 Epiglottopexy: Surgical technique Suspension of the patient Mucosa of the epiglottis is denuded with CO2 laser (1-10W) under microscopic guidance Additionally the epiglottis can be secured to the tongue base with 4.0 vicryl Whymark AD, Clement WA, Kubba H, et al. Laser epiglottopexy for laryngomalacia:10 years’ experience in the west of Scotland. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2006;132:978–82.

41 Indications for tracheotomy Presence of > 3 comorbidities Severe sleep apnea Worsening symptoms after revision supraglottoplasty

42 Proposed algorithm for the treatment of mild and moderate laryngomalacia Mild LM Moderate LM Acid suppression till resolution 3m FU + FL 2m FU + FL 1m FU + FL + Symp worsen, persist Complications SURGERY Feeding modification

43 Proposed algorithm for treatment of severe LM Severe LM Maximum acid suppression and SGP FU 2-4 weeks post op FU as recommended for mild/moderate LM Symptoms worsen Revision SGP Symptoms worsen pH study and Nissen’s fundocplication Consider PSG Consider tracheotomy

44 So what did we learn? LM is the commonest congenital anomaly of the newborn larynx % of patients have a benign course High pitched inspiratory stridor is the hallmark clinical presentation Feeding difficulties and GERD are seen in % of patients with LM History, PE and Flexible laryngoscopy aid diagnosis

45 Learning pearls contd… Identifying patients who will benefit most from surgery is of paramount importance “Less is More” when performing surgery on the infant larynx Strict FU and reflux therapy

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