Acquired Tracheal Stenosis
Disorders involving the airway are relatively uncommon. Most thoracic surgeons will see only the occasional patient with tracheal pathology. However, both benign and malignant obstructions of the central airway cause significant morbidity and mortality. Successful management may correct or palliate impending suffocation, dyspnea, and obstructive pneumonia. Tracheal resection and reconstruction may preclude the need for a life-long tracheostomy and allow preservation of laryngeal function in patients with benign strictures and provide treatment with curative intent for airway tumors.
KeywordsTracheal stenosis Post-intubation Subglottic stenosis Interventional bronchoscopy Tracheal resection Tracheal reconstruction
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