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May 1976

Tracheal Stenosis: A Method of Dilation With Use of the Fiberoptic Bronchoscope

Author Affiliations

From the departments of surgery, West Roxbury (Mass) Veterans Administration Hospital, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(5):554-556. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360230054010

• Tracheal stenosis is not an uncommon sequel of prolonged endotracheal intubation. In some cases, immediate reconstruction is not feasible. We use the flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope and a lucent, tapered endotracheal tube for tracheal dilation. The fiberoptic bronchoscope is passed through a special T connector into the endotracheal tube and used to guide the tube under direct vision through the stricture.

(Arch Surg 111:554-556, 1976)