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.

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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
hdl.handle.net/1765/19828
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Janssen, L.M. (2010, June 23). Laryngotracheal stenosis and reconstruction. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/19828