BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-222449
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Stridor is not always croup: infantile haemangioma in the airway

  1. Carla Moreira1
  1. 1Department of Pediatrics, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal
  2. 2Paediatric Pneumology Unit, Paediatrics Department, Centro Hospitalar São João, Porto, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joana Cunha Oliveira,{at}
  • Accepted 3 September 2017
  • Published 12 September 2017


A 12-month-old boy presented with a history of respiratory distress and stridor since the first month of life. He had been repeatedly misdiagnosed as recurrent croup. The stridor was biphasic, with a more pronounced inspiratory component, and was exacerbated by agitation and supine positioning. He had a large posterior cervical haemangioma, whose extension had never been studied by imaging methods, and delayed growth. Flexible bronchoscopy showed a multilobulated subglottic haemangioma (SGH), occupying more than 70% of the tracheal …

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