Five cases of antenatally diagnosed fetal airway obstruction have been cared for at the John Hunter Children's Hospital, Newcastle, Australia. A multi-disciplinary team manages them during the perinatal period. We present our technique at the time of delivery, which aims to afford us the greatest flexibility in managing both the mother, her child's airway, and the underlying lesion. We begin with an ex utero intrapartum technique (EXIT) and favor routine rigid bronchoscopy to secure the neonate's airway without preliminary attempts at endotracheal intubation. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology Vol. 69, no. 6, p. 805-809