Choanal atresia is a nasal obstruction that causes breathing difficulties and can be fatal.
About one in 6,000–8,000 babies are born with the condition.
Choanal atresia may affect one or both nostrils and occurs when a thin membrane or bony tissue fails to disintegrate as it should during fetal development. Surgery is generally necessary to remove the blockage and restore normal breathing.
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