Revision thoracic slide tracheoplasty: Outcomes following unsuccessful tracheal reconstruction

Douglas R. Sidell, Catherine K. Hart, Meredith E. Tabangin, Roosevelt Bryant, Michael J. Rutter, Peter B. Manning, Jareen Meinzen-Derr, Karthik Balakrishnan, Christina J. Yang, Alessandro de Alarcon

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Objectives/Hypothesis: Over the past decade, thoracic slide tracheoplasty (TST) has become the principal operation in the management of congenital tracheal stenosis. The purpose of this report was to describe our experience with revision TST following unsuccessful prior tracheal reconstruction. Study Design: Retrospective analysis at an academic children's hospital. Methods: Patients undergoing TST on cardiopulmonary bypass between January 2005 and May 2014 were reviewed. Patients with a history of prior airway surgery were extracted for further analysis. Preoperative patient variables and postoperative outcomes were evaluated and compared between patients undergoing revision slide tracheoplasty (RTST) and a control group of 26 matched patients undergoing primary surgery TST. Results: Twenty-six revision patients (25 referrals, one primary patient) of 162 patients reviewed over the study period met inclusion criteria. Twenty-three patients had a history of complete tracheal rings, and three patients had cartilaginous deficiency. A total of 41 airway reconstruction procedures had been performed prior to RTST. When compared to primary TST, patients undergoing RTST required fewer cardiac procedures intraoperatively, and fewer mean ventilator hours (P=.01) postoperatively. There was no significant difference in the median length of stay, requirement of >48 hours ventilation, or postoperative complications between groups. There was one nonsurgical postoperative mortality following RTST. Conclusions: Despite some differences in the postoperative management when compared to nonrevision cases, revision TST can be successfully performed after prior tracheal reconstruction with good postoperative outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • Airway (nonsleep)
  • Airway stenosis/reconstruction
  • Pediatric
  • Slide tracheoplasty
  • Trachea
  • Tracheal stenosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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