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Impact of 3D printing on the surgical management of tracheal stenosis associated to pulmonary sling: a case report

Impact of 3D printing on the surgical management of tracheal stenosis associated to pulmonary sling: a case report

Journal of Thoracic Disease 10(2): E130-E133

Congenital tracheal stenosis (CTS) is rare lesions frequently associated with pulmonary sling (PS). Despite the recent improvement in the results by the introduction of slide tracheoplasty (ST) and multidisciplinary approach, surgical management remains difficult and several authors, for this reason, debate for a conservative approach in these cases. Preoperative planning, require hence the use of the most innovative technology to gain the best possible result. This report describes a complicated, unsuccessful surgically treated case of CTS associated to PS. Based on this result and in order to improve the outcomes, we have built a 3D model of patient's trachea simulating preoperative surgical planning. We have hypnotized that having the model preoperatively the choice of surgical technique would have been different. Since that case, 3D models are introduced in our practice and built before tracheal or cardiac cases considered to have complex anatomy. Future investigations are required but at the moment this experience confirms the utility of 3D model in the evaluation of children considered for tracheal surgery.

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PMID: 29607202

DOI: 10.21037/jtd.2017.12.141

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