Nasopharyngeal encephalocele: a rare cause of upper airway obstruction

Kalkan G., Paksu S., Asilioglu N., Kilic M.

HONG KONG MEDICAL JOURNAL, vol.19, no.2, pp.186-187, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Title of Journal : HONG KONG MEDICAL JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.186-187


Nasopharyngeal encephalocele is a rare, benign congenital anomaly. It has the potential to be fatal due to airway obstruction. Here, we report on a 34-day-old infant with pneumonia who underwent mechanical ventilation. An upper airway evaluation was performed due to prolonged intubation, and revealed the presence of a nasopharyngeal encephalocele. The patient tolerated extubation and oral feeding after surgical resection of the lesion. Awareness of the condition can help clinicians arrive at an earlier diagnosis and enhance management.