This study investigated the outcome of patients who developed tracheal stenosis after tracheostomy or intubation using Montgomery T-tube. We reviewed 21 patients who had experienced tracheal stenosis at a single institution, over 7 years from January 2008 to January 2015. Majority were in the age group of 20 to 30 years and a male preponderance was noted. The duration between extubation and appearance of respiratory symptoms ranged from 32 to 96 days. Location of stenosis was more common in subglottic region (61.9%), followed by tracheal (33.33%) and laryngotracheal stenosis (4.7%). At the end of 6 months, 18 of 21 patients were decannulated successfully and 3 were decannulated at the end of 9 months. Our study showed that use of Montgomery T-tube for laryngotracheal stenosis gave complete improvement in all the patients. Tracheal resection and anastomosis is the definitive surgical treatment of choice in tracheal stenosis but when surgical management is not feasible T-tube is a good alternative and T-tube as front line of management has produced complete improvement in airway patency and restoration of voice in our study.
Keywords: Endotracheal intubation, Laryngotracheal stenosis, Montgomery T-tube, Tracheostomy.
How to cite this article: Babu MM, Kumar AR, Thirugnanamani R. Montgomery T-tube for Management of Tracheal Stenosis: A Retrospective Analysis in a Government Hospital of South India. Int J Phonosurg Laryngol 2016;6(2):73-77.
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