February 1981

Long-term Tracheal Dimensions After Flap Tracheostomy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, and Cedarwood Medical Center, St Joseph, Mich.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1981;107(2):114-116. doi:10.1001/archotol.1981.00790380044010

• A group of patients was examined after decannulation from long-term tracheostomies, using either a vertical incision or inverted-flap tracheal opening. Comparisons of the diameters of the tracheal lumen show no substantive loss at the tracheal stoma after the flap tracheostomy. These results are superior to those of patients having the vertical incision. Further merit of the flap tracheostomy is shown by these data.

(Arch Otolaryngol 107:114-116, 1981)