Management of supraglottic stenosis using a novel stent design

J Voice. 2014 Jul;28(4):515-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2013.12.018. Epub 2014 Apr 13.


Objectives: To present a novel design for a stent for management of a traumatic supraglottic web.

Methods: Case report and literature review (PubMed 1964-2013).

Results: A 48-year-old man was presented after penetrating laryngeal trauma. He had severe dysphonia and was tracheotomy dependent. He had been treated previously with open reduction and fixation of laryngeal fracture. On examination, we identified an avulsed left vocal fold and a supraglottic web. He initially underwent reapproximation of the avulsed left vocal fold, and subsequently, the supraglottic web was treated using a stent designed by the senior author (R.T.S.). In addition, he underwent later resection of scar tissue to improve dysphonia and then he was decanulated.

Conclusions: There are a few techniques presented in the literature and mostly are adaptations of subglottic stenosis management techniques. Individualized treatment is needed for these difficult cases. We present our experience with supraglottic web treatment to expand the literature on this uncommon disorder.

Keywords: Laryngeal trauma; Stent; Supraglottic stenosis; Supraglottic web.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dysphonia / therapy*
  • Epiglottis / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Laryngostenosis / therapy*
  • Larynx / injuries*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Stents*
  • Tracheotomy