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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2017, Article ID 2017265, 3 pages
Case Report

A Rare Cause of Upper Airway Obstruction in a Child

1Department of Otolaryngology, Fann University Hospital, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal
2Albert Royer Pediatric Hospital, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal
3Department of Otolaryngology, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia

Correspondence should be addressed to H. Ahmed; rf.oohay@azaruoh

Received 28 November 2016; Accepted 19 March 2017; Published 13 June 2017

Academic Editor: Emilio Mevio

Copyright © 2017 H. Ahmed et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Ventricular band cyst is a rare condition in children but can result in severe upper airway obstruction with laryngeal dyspnea or death. The diagnosis should be considered in any stridor in children with previous history of intubation or respiratory infections. We report a case of a 4-year-old girl, received in an array of severe respiratory distress, emergency endoscopy was done, and a large ventricular tape band cyst obstructing the air way was found. Complete excision was made, and postoperative prophylaxis tracheotomy was done. The postoperative course was uneventful with improvement of clinical and endoscopic signs.