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Subglottic Stenosis

  • 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.


    Boston Children's Hospital  
    300 Longwood Avenue
    3rd Floor
    Boston MA 02115

     617-355-3795


     

     

  • What causes subglottic stenosis?
    Subglottic stenosis may be congenital (present at birth) or acquired.

    What risks are associated with subglottic stenosis?

    Narrowing in this area can produce:

  • How is subglottic stenosis diagnosed?

    Children with subglottic stenosis are usually not diagnosed at birth, but more often when they are a few months old, usually if the child's airway becomes stressed by a cold or other virus.

  • What treatments are available for subglottic stenosis? 

    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.

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

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