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Developmental aspects of the upper airway: report from an NHLBI Workshop, March 5-6, 2009.

Authors
  • Marcus, Carole L1
  • Smith, Richard J H
  • Mankarious, Leila A
  • Arens, Raanan
  • Mitchell, Gordon S
  • Elluru, Ravindhra G
  • Forte, Vito
  • Goudy, Steven
  • Jabs, Ethylin W
  • Kane, Alex A
  • Katz, Eliot
  • Paydarfar, David
  • Pereira, Kevin
  • Reeves, Roger H
  • Richtsmeier, Joan T
  • Ruiz, Ramon L
  • Thach, Bradley T
  • Tunkel, David E
  • Whitsett, Jeffrey A
  • Wootton, David
  • And 1 more
  • 1 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society
Publication Date
Sep 15, 2009
Volume
6
Issue
6
Pages
513–520
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1513/pats.200905-024CB
PMID: 19741259
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The upper airway serves three important functions: respiration, swallowing, and speech. During development it undergoes significant structural and functional changes that affect its size, shape, and mechanical properties. Abnormalities of the upper airway require prompt attention, because these often alter ventilatory patterns and gas exchange, particularly during sleep when upper airway motor tone and ventilatory drive are diminished. Recognizing the relationship of early life events to lung health and disease, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), with cofunding from the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD), convened a workshop of extramural experts, from many disciplines. The objective of the workshop was: (1) to review the state of science in pediatric upper airway disorders; (2) to make recommendations to the Institute to fill knowledge gaps; (3) to prioritize new research directions; and (4) to capitalize on scientific opportunities. This report provides recommendations that could facilitate translation of basic research findings into practice to better diagnose, treat, and prevent airway compromise in children.

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