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 Boston Children’s Hospital, the Aerodigestive Center 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.