Contracture related airway obstruction (CRAO) treated successfully with incisional release

Austin S. Rose, Mitchell R. Gore, C. Scott Hultman, Bruce A. Cairns

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Objective: To describe the delayed airway obstruction that can result from anterior cervical burns and report a case of successful decannulation following incisional release and full-thickness skin grafting (FTSG). Methods: Case report from a tertiary care academic children's hospital. Results: Direct laryngoscopy demonstrates a significant improvement in the upper airway immediately following an anterior cervical incisional release. The patient was then able to be decannulated on postoperative day 10. Conclusions: Cervical contracture is an important consideration in children with airway obstruction following burns to the upper chest, anterior neck and face, and may be treated successfully with incisional release and FTSG.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-288
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Airway obstruction
  • Contracture
  • Decannulation
  • Pediatric burn

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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