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Extratracheal biodegradable splint to treat life-threatening tracheomalacia.
Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Publication types: Case Reports ; Journal ArticlePublication Status: ppublish. PDF type: Case report
A 9-month-old girl presented with life-threatening acute respiratory failure 1 week after the surgical correction of a double aortic arch, which was due to a severe bulging of the pars membranacea into the lumen of the trachea that produced a complete obstruction of the lower trachea. Under cardiopulmonary bypass, a Y-shaped posterior biodegradable splint was placed behind the trachea and sutured to the posterior trachea, and a simultaneous right aortic arch aortopexy was performed. Thereafter, the child recovered normal respiratory function. Follow-up bronchoscopy showed a posterior dip at the splint level and an asymptomatic persistent posterior compression of the right main bronchus.
Absorbable Implants, Airway Obstruction/etiology, Aorta, Thoracic/abnormalities, Aorta, Thoracic/surgery, Cardiopulmonary Bypass, Child, Equipment Design, Female, Humans, Postoperative Complications/etiology, Postoperative Complications/surgery, Reoperation, Respiratory Insufficiency/etiology, Respiratory Insufficiency/surgery, Splints, Tracheal Diseases/complications, Tracheal Diseases/surgery
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