Tracheal stenosis

Tracheal stenosis, including subglottic stenosis, is a narrowing of the trachea that causes breathing problems. It can develop when scar tissue forms in a person’s trachea due to prolonged intubation — when a breathing tube is inserted into the trachea to help maintain breathing during a medical procedure — or from a tracheostomy, which is a surgery to create an opening in the neck to access the trachea. Our physicians will typically address any underlying medical conditions before treating the stenosis.

If the stenosis itself requires treatment, our physicians typically perform surgery. The type of procedure depends on the exact location and extent of the stenosis.

The most common treatment options for tracheal stenosis include:

  1. Tracheal Resection and Reconstruction
  2. Bronchoscopic Tracheal Dilation
  3. Laser Bronchoscopy
  4. Tracheobronchial Airway Stent
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