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Tracheal Transplantation: Are We Any Closer to the Holy Grail of Airway Management?

Armin Ernst, MD, FCCP; Simon Ashiku, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Boston, MA
 ,  Dr. Ernst is Instructor in Surgery, and Dr. Ashiku is Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School.

Correspondence to: Armin Ernst, MD, FCCP, Complex Airway Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, 330 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA.



Chest. 2006;130(5):1299-1300. doi:10.1378/chest.130.5.1299
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The management of tracheal disease is one of the most challenging problems facing chest physicians. Fortunately, in experienced hands, the majority of abnormalities respond either to advanced endoscopic techniques1 or to definitive primary resection.2 Depending on individual anatomic and physiologic factors, up to 50% of the human trachea can be resected and primarily re-anastomosed, obviating the need for tracheal substitutes.

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