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OBJECTIVES To evaluate a newly developed bronchoscopic technique for the assessment of intratracheal pressures. STUDY DESIGN In situ measurement of central airway resistance in 20 consecutive spontaneously breathing subjects. Thirteen patients had benign glottic or subglottic stenosis. Seven patients without central airway disease served as normal control(More)
BACKGROUND Six patients known to have inoperable esophageal carcinoma presented with stridor due to both malignant tracheal stenosis (n = 6) and bilateral vocal cord paralysis. Two patients also had respiratory-digestive fistula. METHODS Patency was restored by endotracheal stenting plus unilateral cordectomy. Four patients had immediate relief. Two(More)
Unilateral recurrent nerve paralysis leads to glottic insufficiency, causing a significant lack of vocal ability. In contrast, bilateral palsies present with stridor on inspiration due to glottic stenosis. Most of the underlying lesions are iatrogenic, with thyroid surgery being the single most important causative factor. However, a variety of different(More)
Six patients known to have inoperable esophageal carcinoma presented with stridor due to both malignant tracheal stenosis (with additional respiratory-digestive tract fistula in 2 patients) and bilateral vocal cord paralysis. Patency was restored by endotracheal stenting plus unilateral cordotomy. Four patients had immediate relief. Two patients required(More)
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