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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2013, Article ID 921365, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/921365
Case Report

Customized Tracheostomy Cannula as a Therapeutic Adjunct in Tracheal Stenosis

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Seoul National University, College of Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, 101 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-744, Republic of Korea

Received 18 February 2013; Accepted 17 March 2013

Academic Editors: J. I. De Diego and K. Tae

Copyright © 2013 Doh Young Lee et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Tracheotomy is often successfully used to manage tracheal stenosis, as a temporizing measure prior to definitive treatment or a long-term remedy. In some patients, where a sizeable portion trachea is stenotic, the fixed arm of an ordinary tracheotomy tube may not be of sufficient length to satisfactorily maintain the distal tracheal lumen, and commercially available adjustable tubes may not be at hand in certain clinical settings. Herein, we describe a simple method of constructing a temporary tracheotomy tube with an adjustable distal arm, allowing custom fit at the patient bedside.