Partial cricotracheal resection for pediatric subglottic stenosis: a single institution's experience in 60 cases

P Monnier, F Lang, M Savary
European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology 2003, 260 (6): 295-7
In our study, 60 infants and children, each with a severe subglottic stenosis (SGS), underwent partial cricotracheal resection (PCTR) with primary thyrotracheal anastomosis. According to the Myer-Cotton classification, two were grade II, 41 were grade III and 17 were grade IV stenoses. Of the 60 patients, 57 (95%) are presently decannulated, and one patient sustained a complete restenosis. Two patients with better than 80% subglottic airways still are waiting for decannulation: one because of bilateral cricoarytenoid joint fixation and the second because of temporary stenting of the subglottis with a Montgomery T-tube. The rate of decannulation is 97% (36 of 37 cases) in primary PCTRs, 100% (13 of 13 cases) in salvage PCTRs for failed laryngotracheal reconstructions (LTR) and 70% (7 of 10 cases) in extended PCTRs (i.e., PCTR associated with an additional open-airway procedure).

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