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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996 Jul;122(7):721-4.

Polysomnography in the evaluation of readiness for decannulation in children.

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Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md., USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether polysomnography is useful in the evaluation of readiness for decannulation in children with long-term tracheotomy.

DESIGN:

Descriptive, retrospective case series.

SETTING:

Tertiary care pediatric center, pediatric sleep disorders laboratory, and pediatric otolaryngology referral center.

PATIENTS:

Children (younger than 18 years) with tracheotomy undergoing polysomnography to assess their dependence on tracheotomy.

INTERVENTION:

Polysomnography in all patients; endoscopy and decannulation in those judged clinically ready.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Success of decannulation.

RESULTS:

Thirteen of 16 patients with favorable polysomnographic data were successfully decannulated.

CONCLUSION:

Polysomnography is a useful supplement to airway endoscopy in the evaluation of readiness for decannulation in children with long-term tracheotomy and dynamic airway issues.

PMID:
8663942
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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