Tracheal stenosis due to relapsing polychondritis managed for 16 years with a silicon T-tube covering the entire trachea

Takashi Nakayama, Hirohisa Horinouchi, Keisuke Asakura, Takashi Ohtsuka, Yotaro Izumi, Mitutomo Kohno, Hiroaki Nomori

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Abstract

We report the case of a 35-year-old man with tracheal stenosis caused by relapsing polychondritis. The disease began at age 17, and he underwent steroid therapy and tracheostomy. After 2 years, owing to inflammation and fibrosis, a T-tube was inserted from the glottis to the tracheal bifurcation. Besides hospitalization for mild pneumonia, the patient was able to lead a normal sedentary life with satisfactory communication. T-tubes are an effective and low-risk treatment measure for preserving airway function in patients with tracheal stenosis due to polychondritis. In this report we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different stents in treating relapsing polychondritis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1126-1128
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume92
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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