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...
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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.

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