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J Pediatr Surg. 2000 Feb;35(2):262-4.

A new method of treatment for complete tracheal rings in an infant: endoscopic laser division and balloon dilation.

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Division of Pediatric Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston 29425, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The authors describe a new technique for management of complete tracheal rings in infants.

METHODS:

The procedure consists of rigid bronchoscopy with KTP laser division, in the posterior midline, of the complete rings and gradual advancement of the bronchoscope aided by endoscopic balloon dilation.

CONCLUSIONS:

The laser division, coupled with balloon dilation, allows for controlled separation of the cartilages posteriorly. The anterior esophageal wall buttresses the posterior tracheal separation.

PMID:
10693677
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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