Subglottic and Tracheal Stenosis
Subglottic and tracheal stenosis
are two different terms used to describe a narrowing in the upper airway
(windpipe), or in the area just below the vocal cords. There are many causes of
subglottic stenosis and tracheal stenosis, but they all have their origins in an injury
to the windpipe that results in a round scar, which ultimately narrows the
If the injury is just below the
vocal cords, it may interfere with the way they work and cause voice difficulty.
An injury that is slightly lower down the windpipe may cause difficulty
breathing as the scar (stenosis) narrows the airway. Many patients with this
condition are treated with intermittent dilations that are performed in the
operating room. As with many conditions
that affect the larynx and trachea, accurate diagnosis and effective control of
acid reflux are imperative for the long-term effective management of this
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