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Tracheal Service

A GOSH baby's feet
A GOSH baby's feet


The National Centre for tracheal services at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) comprises a group of leading health professionals who have been brought together to provide a range of expertise. The team includes specialists in ear, nose and throat (ENT), interventional radiology, intensive care, cardiothoracic surgery and physiotherapy.

Since it was formed in 2000, the tracheal service has become one of the largest and most successful services in Europe and a world leader in the field.

We treat children with a range of conditions including tracheal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the trachea or windpipe. It can be congenital - either long or short segment narrowing - or acquired through trauma or infection. Tracheal stenosis can also result from external compression, and can be associated with inherent weakness of its wall, called tracheomalacia.

The surgical technique the team use to treat tracheal stenosis is called slide tracheoplasty which involves making cuts into the narrowed part of the trachea, which can sometimes be only a few millimetres wide, and sliding the two sections over each other until the part of the trachea that is normal width is reached. 

Conditions we treat

  • Tracheal stenosis (narrowing of the windpipe)
  • Tracheo/bronchomalacia (floppy, weak, soft airway)
  • Tracheal compression
  • Post FETO complications 
  • Diseases involving the airways: 
    • Bronchogenic cysts 
    • Tumours 
    • Laryngeal clefts 
    • Tracheo-oesphageal fistulae 

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