Tracheoceles (i.e., a large and isolated outpouching of the trachea) are rare and may be congenital or acquired. Acquired tracheoceles have never been reported after burn inhalation injury of the trachea, and there has only been one report of a tracheocele occurring after tracheostomy. We report on two patients with severe tracheal burn injury, requiring early tracheostomy in one, who presented with late tracheal stenosis and tracheoceles at 8 and 20 years, respectively, after their original injury. Treatment by Nd:YAG laser and stenting was successful in the treatment of tracheal stenosis, normalizing eupnea, and pulmonary function.
Journal of Bronchology7:152-155, 2000.
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