BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-006323
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A rare cause of upper airway obstruction in neonates

  1. Vernon Long2
  1. 1Department of Neonatology, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK
  2. 2Department of Ophthalmology, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, St James's University Hospital, Leeds, UK
  3. 3Neonatal Unit, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rana Alia, ranaalia{at}


A full-term baby girl weighing 2.9 kg was born by normal delivery. The anomaly scan at 20 weeks (including a 3D facial scan) was normal. She was born in good condition, but was noticed to have bilateral purple-coloured tense mobile, non-pulsatile masses below the medial canthus (figure 1).

Figure 1

Bilateral masses below …

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