Long-term flap tracheostomy in a pediatric animal model.

  title={Long-term flap tracheostomy in a pediatric animal model.},
  author={Frank Robin Miller and Marc E. Guay and Todd W. Bauer and Harvey M. Tucker},
  journal={Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery},
  volume={121 7},
OBJECTIVE To investigate the short- and long-term complications of pediatric tracheostomy, emphasizing posttracheostomy tracheal stenosis in an animal model. DESIGN Twenty-five New Zealand white rabbits were randomly assigned to three groups: flap tracheostomy, traditional vertical tracheostomy, and control. Interactive image analysis was used to compare the tracheal cross-section area and circumference between groups 16 weeks after surgery. The incidence of peristomal infections and… CONTINUE READING