oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Surgical management of tracheal stricture following positive pressure ventilation. Case report and discussion on tracheal reconstruction

Volume 22, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Tracheal stenosis following tracheostomy has always presented a problem, which with the advent of positive pressure ventilation has taken on fairly serious proportions. However, careful toilet and antiseptic techniques have contributed to reducing this complication. Attempts are now being made to produce low pressure cuffs in the hope of reducing the incidence of lower end cuff strictures but these will always remain a complication of long-term pressure ventilation. With careful attention to detail the surgical resection of a tracheal stenosis is the 'best answer to this problem and gives the patient a totally new lease of life, having been relieved of the constant struggle to breathe.

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