How heterogenous is laryngotracheal stenosis (LTS) with regard to etiology, natural history, and clinical outcome?
Background: LTS is an umbrella term for luminal compromise at the larynx, subglottis, or trachea. Diagnosis is frequently delayed as patients rapidly transition from acute inpatient care to outpatient facilities, and the fact that many specialists initially interact with this population makes it difficult to establish the disease’s natural history, define universal disease outcome predictors, and create cogent personalized care plans.
Explore this issue:May 2015
Study design: Retrospective cohort study of 150 consecutive adult tracheal stenosis patients from 1998 to 2013.
Setting: Bobby R. Alford Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.