During laryngotracheoplasty, a surgical incision is
made in the cricoid cartilage in the neck in order to expand the airway and to
allow for extubation in children suffering from severe subglottic stenosis.
Treated with Laryngotracheoplasty:
Laryngotracheoplasty may be performed in cases of
extubation and narrowing that is either acquired, congenital or caused by
There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to
laryngotracheoplasty. A cricoid split is a surgical alternative to the
Laryngotracheoplasty is performed under general
anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware
during the procedure.
Complications from Laryngotracheoplasty:
Possible risks following laryngotracheoplasty
include infection, bleeding, collapsed lung, tracheal edema, recurrent
subglottic stenosis, damage to the neck and a negative reaction to the
anesthesia. It is also possible to need an emergency tracheostomy.
The prognosis for a positive end result following
laryngotracheoplasty is very good.