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Tracheal stenting: a better method of dealing with airway obstruction due to thyroid malignancies than tracheostomy.

Research paper by S S Gunasekaran, J R JR Osborn, A A Morgan, M V MV Griffiths

Indexed on: 03 Aug '04Published on: 03 Aug '04Published in: The Journal of laryngology and otology



Abstract

Tracheostomy remains the primary method of treatment of acute airway obstruction due to malignant invasion and compression of the trachea. However, the development of tracheal stents has provided an alternative effective treatment modality. This case report and literature review highlights the benefits of intra-luminal stenting, including resolution of distressing obstructive symptoms, and subsequent improvement in quality of life.