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June 1985

Intubation-Related Tracheal Stenosis in Very-Low-Birth-Weight Infants: Diagnosis and Treatment

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Newborn Medicine, Department of Pediatrics (Drs Caldwell, Anderson, Ahmed, and Myers) and the Section of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery (Dr Stankiewicz), Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill.

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(6):618-620. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140080088040

• Five infants who developed intubation-related tracheal stenosis were treated surgically with an anterior cricoid split instead of a tracheostomy. This surgery allowed early extubation and discharge of these patients who, on follow-up, have had adequate phonation and no further respiratory compromise. We suggest that this surgery be considered for all infants who develop intubation-related tracheal stenosis.

(AJDC 1985;139:618-620)