Titular professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia. Fundación hospital de la misericordia.
JuanSebastián Parra Charris
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
Tracheostomy on an infant
As a procedure, it was established in the 19th century in Europe because of diphtheria and polio epidemics.In children its frequency is growing, in USA it is calculated in 6.6 procedures/100.000 kids/ year. It is indicated in cases where there is an obstruction of the superior airway, prolonged intubations and in cases of chronic pulmonary aspiration.
Upper airway obstruction
Prolonged mechanical ventilation
Pulmonary toilet in cases of chronic pulmonary aspiration
Preferably always planned, not as an urgent procedure.
Distal tracheal stenosis.
Preferably always planned, not as an urgent procedure. During it, communication between the anesthetist and the surgeon is mandatory.
For a successful procedure, it is essential to evaluate the indication and the patient, knowing and performing and adequate surgical technique, and to be prepared and treat properly any complication.
Preoperative evaluation includes a full medical exam in which second obstruction sites must be discarded, external neck exam to predict the approach difficulty, cardiorespiratory status that can predict certain complications.
Infant neck extended, thyroid and cricoid cartilages.The larynx is higher in the neck
The cricoid cartilage is the most prominent structure, thyroid cartilage has a broader angle in infants and is partially shielded by the hyoid superiorly. The trachea is soft and has more lateral mobility.
Its necessary to understand the changes in size and orientation during dissection.
knowledge of the different types of tracheostomy tubes and the proper size for each patient is mandatory.
Complications can be immediate: emphysema, pneumothorax, bleeding, selective cannulation, obstruction or decannulation. Late complications are: tracheal stenosis, esophageal puncture, fistula, suprastomal collapse and tracheomalacia.
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