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Congenital airway diseases

Chairs: Carolina Gotera (Spain), Marielle Pijnenburg (Netherlands); Ernst Eber (Austria), Marco Schnater (Netherlands), Lieke Kamphuis (Netherlands)

Congenital malformations include a variety of conditions, mostly diagnosed in prenatal age or at birth. The world health organization (WHO) estimates that every year 303,000 newborns die in the first four weeks of life worldwide due to congenital anomalies. However, the prevalence of congenital airway malformations ranges from 0.2 to 1 in 10,000 live births. These abnormalities can be life-threatening and require immediate treatment. The management of congenital tracheal malformations is complex and requires an individualized approach delivered by a multidisciplinary team with the necessary experience.

Educational aims

Participants will be able to update their knowledge on:

  • Early identification of the main congenital malformations of the airway in the postnatal age;
  • Diagnosis and bronchoscopy evaluation of the airway in the postnatal period;
  • Multidisciplinary management of the main airway malformations.*


  • Interactive videos about bronchoscopy airways evaluation (normal and abnormal);
  • Surgical treatment (videos or case presentations);
  • Case report with audience participation.


  • Basic concepts of the main congenital malformations of the airway: prevalence, etiology, classification, and clinical manifestations;
  • Radiological diagnosis of congenital airway malformations;
  • Bronchoscopy evaluation of the airways in this context;
  • Management of congenital airway malformations;
  • Treatment and prognosis of congenital airway malformations: surgeon's vision.

Learning outcomes

Following this course, participants will know about:

  • Diagnosis and evaluation of the airway in early paediatric age (example, newborns);
  • Basic notions about rigid bronchoscopy, surgical treatment (indications/contraindications)

The outcome of the course may have a potential impact on pulmonologists with a particular interest in congenital airway diseases, thoracic surgeons, paediatric surgeons, and interventional pulmonologists with experience in paediatric bronchoscopy.

Target audience

  • Pulmonologists with a particular interest in airway diseases in prenatal and postnatal age.
  • Paediatricians with a particular interest in congenital airways diseases.
  • Interventional pulmonologists with a particular interest in airways congenital diseases.
  • Thoracic surgeons.
  • Paediatricians surgeons.
  • Pulmonologists or paediatricians in training

CME credit

This webinar is accredited by the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology (EBAP), 1 CME credit per 1-hour attendance. The CME credit will be granted upon attendance during the LIVE webinar only (attendance of at least 60 minutes is required).

What is a webinar?

The webinar closely simulates a lecture-based teaching experience. The speaker can interact with the audience, just as in a classroom setting.

This webinar comprises of a 40-minute lecture followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer sessions. During the webinar you will be asked to share your opinion on issues related to the topic using interactive polls.

All participants will be able to hear the lecturer and see the slides throughout the presentation. As a participant you will be able to pose questions or discuss ideas with the other participants via the text chat facility and the speaker will respond to the questions via the microphone.

Login guidelines

More information will be communicated in due course.

  • Please log in to the webinar 20 minutes before it is scheduled to commence. If you have any technical difficulties whilst trying to log in or during the session please contact
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  • Please also ensure that your audio settings are not set to mute and adjust the volume to a comfortable level.

Target Audience

  • Adult Pulmonologist/Clinician
  • General Practitioner
  • Medical Student
  • Paediatrician
  • Physician in Pulmonary Training
  • Radiologist
  • Thoracic Surgeon

Diseases / Methods

Airway diseases
Paediatric respiratory diseases
Endoscopy and interventional pulmonology
General respiratory patient care
Public health