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Supraglottoplasty for airway obstruction

June 12, 2013  |  Nausheen Jamal, MD; Farhad Chowdhury, DO; Reena Gupta, MD; and Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

Supraglottoplasty may be helpful in a patient with tracheotomy-dependent  adult obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome that is causally related to or aggravated by supraglottic obstruction.

Subfreezing versus room-temperature balloon dilation of benign tracheal stenosis: A pilot study in rabbits

April 18, 2013  |  Benjamin J. Wycherly, MD; Matthew K. Steehler, MD; Hosai Hesham, MD; Kevin Burke, MD; Sonya Malekzadeh, MD


We conducted an experiment to compare collagen deposition in tracheal stenoses dilated with room-temperature balloons and stenoses dilated with balloons at a subfreezing temperature (-10°C). Six New Zealand white rabbits underwent endoscopic tracheal injury. Tracheal dilation...

Tracheal carcinoid presenting as refractory cervicalgia in a postpartum patient: Correlation versus epiphenomenon

September 7, 2012  |  Arturo Loaiza-Bonilla, MD; Flavia Rossi, MD; Bassel Alkhalil, MD


Primary tracheal carcinoid tumor is an extremely rare disorder that has been reported only occasionally in the medical literature. We report a case of a 36-year-old African American woman who presented to the emergency department complaining of persistent...

Giant tracheocele with multiple congenital anomalies

May 1, 2012  |  J. Madana, MS, DNB; Deeke Yolmo, MS; Sunil Kumar Saxena, MS; S. Gopalakrishnan, MS


Tracheocele-an outpouching of tracheal mucous membrane-is an uncommon entity. It can occur as a congenital or acquired form. The congenital entity remains mostly dormant until adulthood, and then it typically presents as a herniation with multiple air-filled sacs. The acquired...

Outcomes of intubation in difficult airways due to head and neck pathology

March 1, 2012  |  Tim A. Iseli, MBBS, FRACS, Claire E. Iseli, MBBS, MS, J. Blake Golden, MD, Virginia L. Jones, MD, Arthur M. Boudreaux, MD, James R. Boyce, MD, David M. Weeks, MD, and William R. Carroll, MD, FACS


The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of surgical pathology, anesthesiologist experience, and airway technique on surgically relevant outcomes in patients identified by preoperative laryngoscopy to have a difficult airway due to head and neck pathology. We...

Dilated esophagus and tracheal compression secondary to a slipped Nissen fundoplication: A case report

January 25, 2012  |  Roy Rajan, MD and Jerome W. Thompson, MD


We describe the case of a 20-month-old girl with a gastrostomy tube who presented with stridor, daily emesis, stertor, and mild neck retractions. Endoscopic and radiologic investigations revealed a dilated esophagus, an associated tracheal compression, and a paraesophageal...

Stridor secondary to a bronchogenic cyst in a neonate

November 22, 2011  |  Rowley S. Busino, MD, Huma A. Quraishi, MD, and Ian T. Cohen, MD


We present the case of a female neonate with expiratory stridor that was caused by a bronchogenic cyst that led to tracheobronchomalacia. Rigid endoscopy revealed that a severe anterior compression of the tracheobronchial tree had caused tracheomalacia and right bronchomalacia...

Subacute airway obstruction caused by a suprastomal tracheal granuloma following tracheotomy in an adult

September 21, 2011  |  Elizabeth A. Kelly, MD, Arunkumar N. Badi, MD, PhD, Joel H. Blumin, MD, and David M. Poetker, MD


We report a case of a post-tracheotomy suprastomal granuloma in the early postoperative phase that caused subacute airway obstruction in a 28-year-old woman. The patient had undergone the tracheotomy during the surgical treatment of a submental abscess. During recovery, several...

Intermittently symptomatic tracheal diverticulum: A case of a rare clinical phenomenon

September 21, 2011  |  Christopher L. Smelley, DO, Rebecca Bowen, MD, and Cherie-Ann O. Nathan, MD, FACS


Tracheal diverticula are rarely encountered, and only a handful of cases have been described in the literature. In most of these cases the patient was asymptomatic. When symptoms have occurred, they usually had an airway component such as cough, dyspnea, and recurrent...

Tracheoinnominate fistula: Successful management with endovascular stenting

July 14, 2011  |  Peter M. Shepard, MD, Jeffrey M. Phillips, MD, Girma Tefera, MD, and Gregory K. Hartig, MD


Tracheoinnominate fistula is a rare complication of tracheostomy that is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Recently, endovascular stents have been described as a viable treatment option for the management of this condition. We report a case of...

Aspiration of radiolucent dentures in facial trauma: Case report

December 17, 2010  |  Jon B. Chadwell, MD, Joshua R. Mitchell, MD, Michael Donnino, MD, Charles Peterson, MD, Paul Guentert, MD, Cliff Arnold, BA, and Mark Walsh, MD


Foreign body aspiration is a serious problem that may lead to complications or even death. People who sustain major maxillofacial trauma can often damage their teeth or oral prostheses, and aspiration can occur. Detection of this type of aspiration can be difficult, especially...

Presence of biofilm on adult tracheostomy tubes

October 1, 2010  |  Danny Meslemani, MD, Kathleen Yaremchuk, MD, and Michael Rontal, MD


We conducted a prospective observational study of tracheostomy tubes with three primary goals: (1) to identify the presence and location of bacterial biofilms on adult tubes, (2) to determine how soon after insertion of a tube the presence of a biofilm could be identified, and...


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