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By definition, the subglottis is the area of the larynx immediately below the vocal folds extending to the level of the inferior border of the cricoid cartilage. This area represents the narrowest portion of the pediatric airway and is the most common site of iatrogenic stenosis. This stenosis is generally secondary to increased rates of intubation in infants of prematurity. Evaluation and treatment for subglottic stenosis represents one of the most common airway consultations within pediatric otolaryngology. Goals of therapy include securing a safe airway and restoring subglottic patency. In this clinical case, we present a unique pattern and presentation of subglottic stenosis requiring urgent tracheostomy.


This article was published in Ear, Nose & Throat Journal.

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