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Is choanal atresia life-threatening?

In some cases choanal atresia can be life-threatening. An infant's inability to breathe can cause a lack of oxygen, which may lead to respiratory arrest and the need for resuscitation. Sometimes, the newborn will be able to learn to breathe through the mouth, in which case the condition is more stable. Nevertheless, choanal atresia always needs to be treated.

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