Subglottic stenosis is the condition that results when the larynx (voice box) becomes too narrow in a certain spot called the cricoid cartilage.
- Subglottic stenosis is the most common abnormality requiring tracheotomy in children under 1 year.
- Boys and girls of all ethnic backgrounds are equally at risk for subglottic stenosis.
- This condition is observed more often in premature infants, because they may require mechanical ventilation for other problems associated with their prematurity.
At Children’s Hospital Boston, the Center for Aero-Digestive Disorders (CADD) provides care and state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment to children with complex problems involving the airway, pulmonary and upper digestive tract. The center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists from various fields who provide comprehensive assessment, treatment and follow-up.