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Review of pediatric airway malacia and its management, with emphasis on stenting

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Spencer


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Malacia of the pediatric airway presents itself in a variety of clinical circumstances. Pediatric airway stenting is a more recent treatment modality. Complications may necessitate stent removal. This is usually performed bronchoscopically. We were forced to surgically remove a complicated airway stent. The Palmaz stent had been inserted for bronchomalacia presenting after interrupted aortic arch surgery in a 4-month old child with DiGeorge syndrome. This prompted us to review pediatric airway malacia, its management options and tong-term outcomes, in an attempt to crystallise the current status of this relatively uncommon and difficult issue. The role of stents is analysed. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Pillai JB, Smith J, Hasan A, Spencer D

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Year: 2005

Volume: 27

Issue: 1

Pages: 35-44

ISSN (print): 1010-7940

ISSN (electronic): 1873-734X


DOI: 10.1016/j.ejcts.2004.10.001