• Endoscopic management of posttraumatic supraglottic stenosis in the pediatric population.

      Oosthuizen, Johannes Christiaan; Burns, Paul; Russell, John Desmond; Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland., c.oosth@gmail.com (2012-02-01)
      OBJECTIVES: Pediatric blunt laryngeal trauma is a rare and potentially life-threatening entity. External injuries can be misleading, and a high index of suspicion, as well as early intervention, is essential to achieve the best possible outcome. The authors of this report review the management of blunt laryngeal trauma in the pediatric population and describe the endoscopic management of posttraumatic supraglottic stenosis. METHODS: Methods used were case report from a tertiary referral institution and review of the literature. RESULTS: We describe the case of a 13-year-old girl whom developed supraglottic stenosis following blunt laryngeal trauma. Innovative endoscopic techniques were used in the successful management of this exceedingly rare entity. CONCLUSION: Early recognition and intervention are of paramount importance if successful endoscopic management of blunt laryngeal trauma is to be considered.