Tracheal Transplantation

  • Gabriel M. Marta
  • Walter Klepetko

The human trachea has a length of approximately 10–13 cm (average 11.8 cm) of which only a maximum of 6.5 cm or 50% of its total length can safely be resected and reanastomosed. However, the thoracic surgeon is often confronted with localized tracheal tumors or long segment stenosis exceeding this resection limits. To reconstruct these long tracheal segment defects, an adequate substitute material is needed.


Great Omentum Tracheal Stenosis Tracheal Epithelium Inferior Thyroid Artery Tracheal Cartilage 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriel M. Marta
    • 1
  • Walter Klepetko
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Cardiothoracic SurgeryMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Cardiothoracic SurgeryUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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