A cricoid split involves the surgical incision of the cricoid cartilage located in the neck. This is done in order to expand the airway and allow extubation in children with a narrowed airway. In some cases, a cartilage graft is used.
Also Known As:
- Anterior cricoid split (ACS)
- Pediatric anterior cricoid split
- Throat surgery
- Pediatric surgery
Conditions Treated with a Cricoid Split:
A cricoid split may be utilized in cases of subglottic stenosis (narrowing) due to congenital causes or acquired by prolonged intubation.
There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to a cricoid split. Laryngotracheoplasty is a surgical alternative to the procedure.
Anesthesia with a Cricoid Split:
A cricoid split is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from a Cricoid Split:
Possible risks following a cricoid split include infection, bleeding, collapsed lung, neck damage, recurrent subglottic stenosis, tracheal swelling and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to need an emergency tracheostomy.
Prognosis after a Cricoid Split:
The prognosis for a positive end result following a cricoid split is very good.