Introduction and Aims
There is no satisfactory method to replace the entire circumference of a diseased or stenotic length of trachea with either a graft or a prosthesis. The need for such a method is evident when one considers the increasing incidence of (1) traumatic injury of the trachea resulting from automobile accidents and military actions, (2) primary and secondary neoplasms of the trachea, and (3) stenosis of the trachea following chronic infections. It was the purpose of this project to devise such a method, utilizing tracheal homografts wrapped with tantalum mesh gauze.
The recent advances in vascular surgery using homografts to replace diseased portions of major arteries has stirred interest in the possibility of similar procedures as applied to the trachea. Even before this current emphasis, several investigators had done basic work in studying the manner of tracheal repair.1-7 In addition to tracheal homografts many other materials
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