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Novel use of Coblation technology in an unusual congenital tracheal stenosis

  • G Sim (a1) and S Vijayasekaran (a1) (a2)



We report the case of an unusual late presentation of congenital tracheal stenosis in a 13-year-old boy. He was treated with minimally invasive Coblation resection of the stenotic segment, avoiding a major open tracheal resection and reconstruction. This case report is the first to document the use of an ultra-fine Coblation wand in the treatment of congenital tracheal stenosis.


The case proceeded well, without any complications. The patient had a fully healed and patent trachea at 12-week post-operative review.


Complex cases of congenital stenosis should be managed with a multidisciplinary approach. Different and novel treatment options should be explored to find one that suits the individual patient. Minimally invasive Coblation technology can offer less invasive treatment with quicker recovery and shorter hospitalisation.


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Address for correspondence: Dr George Sim, Department of Paediatric tolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Roberts Road, Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia6008 Fax: +61 08 9340 8693 E-mail:


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