What is the role of tracheotomy in childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary E Cataletto, MD; Chief Editor: Denise Serebrisky, MD  more...
  • Print
Answer

Tracheotomy remains an effective surgical option for life-threatening obstructive apnea that is not amenable to other therapies.

In the past, when surgery did not relieve the degree of sleep-associated respiratory disturbance, a tracheotomy was frequently performed. Currently, this alternative is rarely needed because of the development of noninvasive approaches to maintain upper airway patency during sleep.


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!