Advanced Treatments for Subglottic Stenosis at Boston Children’s Hospital

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Treatment depends on the severity of your child's stenosis. Your child may outgrow the problem without intervention; or if the problem is severe, surgery may be required. Your child’s treatment plan may include:

  • Endoscopic surgery: Our doctors use of minimally invasive techniques whenever possible to treat subglottic stenosis. In some cases, the airway may be dilated (opened) with a balloon. Lasers can be used to remove segmental portions of scar tissue. Learn more about minimally invasive treatments.
  • Open surgery: Our surgeons are experts at open surgery to treat subglottic stenosis. The two most common surgical procedures to treat this condition are:
    • Laryngotracheoplasty: Surgical repair of the stenosis, during which the narrowed diameter of the windpipe (trachea) is enlarged by inserting an elliptical piece of cartilage (taken from the child’s rib or ear, depending on the amount of cartilage needed).
    • Cricotracheal resection: A procedure in which the scar tissue and most of the ring-shaped cartilage of the larynx is cut out and the normal trachea is brought up to replace it. 

Our researchers are investigating new ways to prevent and treat subglottic stenosis, as well as ways to avoid complications during surgery.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment or speak with a member of our team, please call 617-355-3795.

International Patients

For families residing outside of the United States, please call Boston Children's International Health Services at +01-617-355-5209.

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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