Snurgle, Stertor

  • Definitions
  1. Stertor
    1. Sonorous snoring sound
    2. Obstruction (typically with mucous) of the nasopharynx or oropharynx
  • Epidemiology
  1. Onset between ages 4 to 8 weeks old
  2. Resolves spontaneously shortly after onset
  • Mechanism
  1. Sound produced on inhalation via loose pharyngeal mucus
  2. Occurs when mucus producing glands increase output
  • Accentuating factors
  1. High arch Palate
  2. Small nasal passage
  1. Infant with Snurgles sleeps well in any position
  2. Infant with Snurgles breaths easily with mouth closed