Closure of permanent tracheostomy in patients with sleep apnea: a comparison of two techniques.

@article{Mickelson1997ClosureOP,
  title={Closure of permanent tracheostomy in patients with sleep apnea: a comparison of two techniques.},
  author={Sheri A. Mickelson and L P M Rosenthal},
  journal={Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery},
  year={1997},
  volume={116 1},
  pages={36-40}
}
A "permanent" skin-lined tracheostomy is used for patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome who fall, refuse, or can't tolerate continuous positive airway pressure. Closure of the stoma may be performed if the apnea has been controlled by surgeries that enlarge and stabilize the upper airway, if adequate weight loss occurs, or if the patient… CONTINUE READING