Cricotracheal resection for airway reconstruction: The Sheba Medical Center experience

Adi Primov-Fever, Yoav P. Talmi, Alon Yellin, Michael Wolf*

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Background: Intubation and tracheostomy are the most common causes of benign acquired airway stenosis. Management varies according to different conceptions and techniques. Objectives: To review our experience with cricotracheal resection and to assess related pitfalls and complications. Methods: We examined the records of all patients who underwent CTR in a tertiary referral medical center during the period January 1995 to April 2005. Results: The study included 61 patients (16 women and 45 men) aged 15-81 years. In 17 patients previous interventions had failed, mostly dilatation and T-tube insertion. Complete obstruction was noted in 19 patients and stenosis > 70% in 26. Concomitant lesions included impaired vocal cord mobility (n=8) and tracheo-esophageal fistula (n=5). Cricotracheal anastomosis was performed in 42 patients, thyrotracheal in 12 and tracheotracheal in 7. A staged procedure was planned for quadriplegic patients and for three others with bilateral impaired vocal cord mobility. Restenosis occurred in six patients who were immediately revised with T-tube stenting. Decanulation was eventually achieved in 57 patients (93.4%). Complications occurred in 25 patients, the most common being subcutaneous emphysema (n=5). One patient died of acute myocardial infarction on the 14th postoperative day. Conclusions: CTR is a relatively safe procedure with a high success rate in primary and revised procedures. A staged procedure should be planned in specific situations, namely, quadriplegics and patients with bilateral impaired vocal cord mobility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-547
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2006


  • Anastomosis
  • Cricoid
  • Resection
  • Stenosis
  • Trachea


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