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Comment & Response
July 2018

Have Laryngologists Found One More Disease to Treat With a Flexible Laryngoscope and a Needle?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(7):645-646. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.0314

To the Editor “Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”—William Pollard

Subglottic stenosis (SGS), regardless of its etiology, is a frustrating problem for patients and surgeons. Most patients do not desire the risks of an open surgical procedure, but dislike the need for multiple endoscopic dilations.1,2 In addition, even open surgery does not necessarily eliminate the underlying disease process.1 With the increased use of in-office procedures using channeled, distal-chip flexible endoscopes, laryngologists are looking to change the paradigm for how we can effectively treat patients in a safe, less invasive manner.

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