Introduction: Suprastomal Collapse (SuStCo) is a common complication of prolonged tracheostomy in children. There is a paucity of literature on this subject, especially regarding how to manage significant suprastomal collapse that prevents safe decannulation. Objective: Provide a definition, classification system, and recommend management options for significant suprastomal collapse in children with tracheostomy. Methods: Members of the International Pediatric Otolaryngology Group (IPOG) who are experts in pediatric airway conditions were surveyed and results were refined using a modified Delphi method. Results: Consensus was defined as > 70% agreement on a subject. The experts achieved consensus: • on a standard definition of Suprastomal Collapse • that there is clinical importance between significant and insignificant collapse • that the gold standard diagnostic modality is endoscopic examination under anesthesia • that the severity of collapse is a major determinant in the surgical approach • that surgical intervention is the first line management in combined anterior and lateral Suprastomal Collapse. Conclusion: This consensus statement provides recommendations for medical specialists who manage infants and children with tracheostomies with significant Suprastomal Collapse. It provides a classification system to facilitate diagnosis and treatment options for this condition.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology|
|State||Published - Dec 2020|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health