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ABSTRACT: There are numerous techniques for the treatment of laryngotracheal stenosis. The aim of this paper was to present surgical techniques and results of treatment of laryngeal and laryngotracheal stenosis in a ten-year period by retrospective analysis.
Medical records of 34 patients (17 male and 17 female) surgically treated for laryngeal or laryngotracheal stenosis between 1995 and 2004 were analyzed. 19 (55.9%) patients had previous surgical procedures, whereas fifteen patients (44.1%) were diagnosed and treated for the first time.
5 patients had a glottic-subglottic stenosis, 11 patients had a subglottic stenosis, 16 patients had subglottic-tracheal stenosis and 2 patients had a glottic-subglottic-tracheal stenosis. 21 patients had normal vocal cord motion, 8 patients showed unilateral vocal cord fixation, and 5 had bilateral vocal cord fixation. Laryngotracheoplasty with anterior-posterior costal cartilage graft was performed in 24 patients, while single stage segmental laryngotracheal resection of the stenotic part was performed in 8 patients. One patient was operated in direct laryngomicroscopy and one with dilatation of the stenotic segment with T tube insertion. The most common complication was the development of granulation due to use of the Montgomery T-tube which was removed in direct laryngomicroscopy. Except for one patient, 33 (97%) patients were decannulated. There was no perioperative mortality.
Although laryngotracheoplasty with anterior-posterior costal cartilage graft placement cannot be used in all cases of laryngotracheal stenosis, it was the method of choice in previously operated patients with segmental resection of the stenotic segment. This method requires use of Montgomery T-tube or anesthesiological tube, which is very hard to keep clean. Better recovery, short hospitalization and excellent results were obtained with the cricotracheal segmental resection.
Medicinski pregled 01/2006; 59(7-8):309-16.