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J Laryngol Otol. 2013 Sep;127(9):932-5. doi: 10.1017/S0022215113001746. Epub 2013 Aug 7.

Laryngotracheal reconstruction for relapsing polychondritis: case report and review of the literature.

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ENT Department, Charing Cross Hospital, Imperial College Trust, London, UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Relapsing polychondritis is a multi-system autoimmune disease characterised by the inflammation and destruction of cartilaginous structures. The most common sites are the pinna, nose, laryngotracheobronchial tree and peripheral joints. Airway involvement occurs in up to half of patients affected, at any disease stage. It is the most severe and life-threatening aspect of the disease, and proves to be a therapeutic challenge.

OBJECTIVES:

This article reports our experience of performing laryngotracheal reconstruction in a patient with relapsing polychondritis. A review of the literature is presented, with a focused discussion of airway treatment options.

METHODS:

Laryngotracheal reconstruction for relapsing polychondritis was performed using hyoid bone pedicled on sternohyoid muscle.

CONCLUSION:

Airway management in relapsing polychondritis can improve quality of life and palliate patients effectively.

PMID:
23919983
DOI:
10.1017/S0022215113001746
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