An improved stent for use in the surgical management of congenital posterior choanal atresia

J Laryngol Otol. 1988 Feb;102(2):146-7. doi: 10.1017/s0022215100104360.


The advantage of Foley catheter stenting for choanal atresia are that: 1. It is well tolerated by the patient. 2. It is simple to introduce, fix and remove. 3. It minimizes septal or columellar necrosis. 4. It minimizes nasal cavity and paranasal sinus infection. 5. It is adjustable in that pressure on the choanal walls can be controlled by inflation or deflation of the balloon as necessary. 6. It is easy to fix in cases of unilateral atresia. To date the use of this method has been uniformly satisfactory, without complications.

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization*
  • Choanal Atresia / surgery*
  • Humans