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Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Oct;272(10):2885-96. doi: 10.1007/s00405-015-3635-4. Epub 2015 May 8.

Preoperative assessment and classification of benign laryngotracheal stenosis: a consensus paper of the European Laryngological Society.

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Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital CHUV, Rue du Bugnon 46, 1011, Lausanne, Switzerland,


Adult and pediatric laryngotracheal stenoses (LTS) comprise a wide array of various conditions that require precise preoperative assessment and classification to improve comparison of different therapeutic modalities in a matched series of patients. This consensus paper of the European Laryngological Society proposes a five-step endoscopic airway assessment and a standardized reporting system to better differentiate fresh, incipient from mature, cicatricial LTSs, simple one-level from complex multilevel LTSs and finally "healthy" from "severely morbid" patients. The proposed scoring system, which integrates all of these parameters, may be used to help define different groups of LTS patients, choose the best treatment modality for each individual patient and assess distinct post-treatment outcomes accordingly.

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