Tracheostomy: Complications in fresh postoperative and late postoperative settings

Gabriella Cardone, Marcos Lepe

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Tracheostomy is a life-saving tool readily available to modern physicians. This review describes tracheostomy complications in pediatric patients, with an emphasis on etiology, epidemiology, and management. Complications in pediatric tracheostomies range from intraoperative to late postoperative (chronic). We will separate them arbitrarily into early and late complications. The early complication period begins from when the tracheostomy is performed up until 1 month postoperatively. Late complications occur from 1 month postoperatively and beyond. We will cover some of the necessary steps to treat these complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-130
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • Laryngotracheal stenosis
  • Subcutaneous emphysema
  • Surgical procedures
  • Tracheal granuloma
  • Tracheitis
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Tracheomalacia
  • Tracheostomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine


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