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Endoscopic balloon dilatation of subglottic stenosis

  • P. R. Axon (a1), C. Hartley (a1) and M. P. Rothera (a1)


Children with subglottic stenosis present a challenging problem to otolaryngologists. In many cases, a tracheostomy is necessary to safeguard the airway, but morbidity and mortality in the tracheostomized child may be significant. Therefore attempts to improve the airway by endoscopic means are often made; unfortunately, these have a variable success rate. Recent encouraging results in the use of balloon dilatation for subglottic stenosis led us to the successful use of this technique in a child whose stenosis had not responded to conventional endoscopic techniques. The reasons for the success are discussed.


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Mr C. Hartley, University Department of Otolaryngology, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL.


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Endoscopic balloon dilatation of subglottic stenosis

  • P. R. Axon (a1), C. Hartley (a1) and M. P. Rothera (a1)


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