Idiopathic progressive subglottic stenosis: findings and treatment in 52 patients.

@article{Dedo2001IdiopathicPS,
  title={Idiopathic progressive subglottic stenosis: findings and treatment in 52 patients.},
  author={Herbert H. Dedo and Michael D Catten},
  journal={The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology},
  year={2001},
  volume={110 4},
  pages={305-11}
}
Rarely, patients develop severe idiopathic subglottic stenosis. In 34 years, we have observed this disorder in 52 patients. All but 1 of the patients were female--a finding that suggests a hormonal cause. Without treatment, the airway progressively narrows--in some cases, until the patient requires tracheotomy. Laser submucosal resection and rotation mucosal flaps open and stabilize the airway and provide effective palliation. However, unlike traumatic subglottic stenosis, which has been cured… CONTINUE READING