Adult laryngotracheal stenosis: etiology and surgical management

Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003 Dec;11(6):467-72. doi: 10.1097/00020840-200312000-00011.


Purpose of review: The most common causes of laryngotracheal stenosis have changed over the last 100 years, with external trauma and infection being supplanted by iatrogenic trauma from intubation and tracheotomy. Modern-day surgeons continue to struggle with the prevention and the treatment of this difficult problem, and the purpose of this review is to examine new causes, diagnostic methods, and treatments in laryngotracheal stenosis.

Recent findings: Recent publications have focused on the topics of idiopathic subglottic stenosis; percutaneous dilational tracheotomy, with the possibility of this technique increasing the incidence of stenosis; the role of laryngopharyngeal reflux; and the use of primary resection with anastomosis as a curative treatment.

Summary: Although promising work has been reported in the treatment of laryngotracheal stenosis, notably with primary resection and anastomosis, many questions remain to be answered, especially in the causes of this potentially life-threatening disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Laryngostenosis / diagnosis
  • Laryngostenosis / etiology*
  • Laryngostenosis / surgery*
  • Tracheal Stenosis / diagnosis
  • Tracheal Stenosis / etiology*
  • Tracheal Stenosis / surgery*