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How is choanal atresia managed before surgery?

Before surgery, the aim is to keep your infant alive and breathing. A plastic tube may be inserted into your baby's mouth in order to keep the breathing airway open. This is called intubation. A tracheostomy is another, similar type of tube-inserting procedure that serves the same purpose.

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