Objective: To determine whether polysomnography is useful in the evaluation of readiness for decannulation in children with long-term tracheotomy. Design: Descriptive, retrospective case series. Setting: Tertiary care pediatric center, pediatric sleep disorders laboratory, and pediatric otolaryngology referral center. Patients: Children (younger than 18 years) with tracheotomy undergoing polysomnography to assess their dependence on tracheotomy. Intervention: Polysomnography in all patients; endoscopy and decannulation in those judged clinically ready. Main Outcome Measures: Success of decannulation. Results: Thirteen of 16 patients with favorable polysomnographic data were successfully decannulated. Conclusion: Polysomnography is a useful supplement to airway endoscopy in the evaluation of readiness for decannulation in children with long-term tracheotomy and dynamic airway issues.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery|
|State||Published - Jul 1996|
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