The patency of the larynx and the trachea is sometimes compromised acutely with a direct threat of suffocation or asphyxia. Of old this occurred quite often as a consequence of diphteria and other infectious diseases or as a result of various kinds of exogenous traumata. Infectious diseases for instance, epiglottitis are still among us but are usually handled efficiently by medication and occasionally by intubation.

infectious diseases, laryngotracheal complex, stenosis
L. Feenstra (Louw)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ALK-Albelló B.V., Artu Biologicals, Atos Medical B.V., Beter Horen B.V., Carl Zeiss B.V., Daleco Pharma B.V., GlaxoSmithKline, Nederlandse Vereniging voor KNO-heelkunde en Heelkunde van het Hoofd-Halsgebied, Schering-Plough Nederland
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Janssen, L.M. (2010, June 23). Laryngotracheal stenosis and reconstruction. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from