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Reconstruction of the trachea
  1. Hermes C. Grillo
  1. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

    Experience in 100 consecutive cases 1


    Grillo, H. C. (1973).Thorax, 28, 667-679. Reconstruction of the trachea. Experience in 100 consecutive cases. Anatomic mobilization of the trachea permits resection of one-half or more with primary anastomosis. An anterior approach by a cervical or cervicomediastinal route utilizes cervical flexion to devolve the larynx and tracheal mobilization with preservation of the lateral blood supply. The transthoracic route is employed for lower tracheal lesions.

    Over 100 tracheal resections have been done using these methods of direct reconstruction. Eighty-four patients suffered from benign strictures, 79 resulting from intubation injuries. Eleven primary tracheal tumours and five secondary tumours are included. The majority of lesions following intubation occurred at the level of the cuff. It was possible to repair 78 of the 84 stenotic lesions through a cervical or cervicomediastinal approach. Seventy-three of the 84 patients with inflammatory lesions obtained an excellent or good functional and anatomic result. Nine of 11 patients with primary neoplasms who underwent reconstruction are alive and without known disease. There were five early postoperative deaths in these 100 consecutive patients who underwent tracheal reconstruction.

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    • 1 Based upon a paper given in September 1972 before the Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland at the University of Sheffield. Experimental work described was supported in part by a research grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation, Inc.