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Tuberc Respir Dis (Seoul). 2013 Aug;75(2):79-82. doi: 10.4046/trd.2013.75.2.79. Epub 2013 Aug 30.

Tracheal stenosis after tracheostomy treated successfully with papillotome electrocautery.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Konyang University Hospital, Konyang University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea.


A 39-year-old woman presented with symptoms of dyspnea. Ten years previously, she had received a tracheostomy because of the decision to not continue taking an anticonvulsant drug. Presently, chest computed tomography showed diffuse stenosis and focal web at the cervical trachea. We performed bronchoscopy and found a two-thirds reduction of the upper trachea due to the web-like fibrotic stenosis. Papillotome electrocautery removed the stenotic lesion. Endobronchial electrocautery is a valuable tool with potential for therapy of an endobronchial obstructing airway lesion. We report this case to introduce the successful treatment with papillotome electrocautery.


Bronchoscopy; Electrocoagulation; Tracheal Stenosis

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