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Pediatric tracheotomy: Are the indications changing?
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PMID:  23537927     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: The most common indications for tracheotomy in pediatric patients include upper airway obstruction, prolonged ventilator dependence, and hypotonia secondary to neurologic impairment. In this study we review the indications for tracheotomy within our patient population over the last 11 years. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of consecutive patients undergoing tracheotomy at a tertiary care pediatric hospital from January 2000 to April 2011. We evaluated patient age, sex, pre-operative and post-operative diagnosis, and direct laryngoscopic and bronchoscopic findings. Patients were divided into six groups based on their indication for tracheotomy. In order to assess changing indications for tracheotomy over time, we compared an early (2000-2005) and a late (2006-2011) patient group. RESULTS: We had complete data available on 158/165 patients (95.8%) who underwent tracheotomy from 2000 to 2011. There was no significant difference in mean age between the early and late groups (4.73±6.0 years vs. 3.6±5.5 years, p=0.26). There was a change in the most common indication for tracheotomy between the early and late groups, with upper airway obstruction becoming more common in the late group and significantly fewer patients undergoing tracheotomy for prolonged ventilation in the late group (33/76 (43%) vs. 23/82 (28%), p=0.05). More patients underwent bronchoscopy at the time of tracheotomy in the late group (52/82 (63%) vs. 28/76 (37%), p=<0.01). CONCLUSION: A review of our pediatric tracheotomy experience demonstrated a change in the most common indication for tracheotomy between 2000 and 2011. In our patient population, there was a significant decline in the number of tracheotomies performed for prolonged intubation and an increasing number of patients who required tracheotomy for upper airway obstruction.
Amy Lawrason; Katherine Kavanagh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-3-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-8464     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Pediatr. Otorhinolaryngol.     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-3-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003603     Medline TA:  Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Division of Otolaryngology, University of Connecticut, United States. Electronic address:
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