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Korean Journal of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery > Volume 27(6); 1984 > Article
Korean Journal of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 1984;27(6): 592-9.
Tracheal Reconstruction with Autogenous Auricular Cartilage Graft - Experimental and Clinical Study -
Moo Hoon Lee, MD, Euy Suck Lee, MD, and Kwang Hyun Kim, MD
Department of Otolaryngology, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Korea
耳介軟骨 自家移殖에 의한 氣管再建術 實驗 및 臨床的 硏究
李武勳 · 李義錫 · 金光顯
서울大學校 醫科大學 耳鼻咽喉科學敎室

One of the most challenging problems in head & neck surgeon is the management of tracheal stenosis. Many reports have been published about reconstructive procedures using various materials which substitute for the tracheal wall. Since Caputo and Consiglio used the patient's own auricular cartilage to repair deficiency of the tracheal wall in 1961. Autogenous auricular cartilage graft has been accepted because it was easily accessible by ENT surgeon and augmented the tracheal lumen due to its concave curvature. The autogenous auricular cartilage grafts were transplanted to the window defects in the cervical tracheas in 8 adults cats. No repiratory symptom appeared during the observation time of 2 to 8 weeks. The reconstructed tracheal lumen of all cats showed the minimal scarring without stenosis. There were no evidence of cartilage resorption and intact chondrocytes persisted in all. All specimens showed mucosal regeneration over the grafted segment with principally non-ciliated cuboidal epithelium early, but 8 wks later, with ciliated columnar epithelium. Based on this animal experiment, the authors applied this method on 3 patients in February, and March, 1984. They were two cases of tracheal stenosis resulted from tracheostomy and one subglottic case resulted from endotracheal intubation. Respiratory symptoms were relieved after operation in each case. Tracheal lumen was successfully augmented by this procedure. We concluded that this method was one of the excellent ways for the treatment of tracheal stenosis.

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