The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

Review Articles

Trends in paediatric airway surgery: a move towards endoscopic techniques

S Dea1 c1 and C M Baileya2

a1 Department of Otolaryngology, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK

a2 Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, London, UK


The endoscope has long been an invaluable tool in assessment of the paediatric airway. Recently, its applications for definitive surgery of the airway have greatly increased, due to innovative surgical techniques, development of new instruments, improvements in anaesthesia and availability of new medications for endoscopic use. This review discusses the move towards endoscopic techniques in the management of paediatric airway disorders.

(Accepted October 08 2009)

(Online publication December 22 2009)


c1 Address for correspondence: Miss S De, ENT Department, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Eaton Road, Liverpool L12 2AP, UK Fax: 0151 2525942 E-mail:


Miss S De takes responsibility for the integrity of the content of the paper.

Competing interests: None declared

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