Airway Disorders Center
Conditions We Treat
Patients with all forms of malignant and benign central airway diseases are treated at the Airway Disorders Center. The central airways include the larynx, trachea, and intrathoracic airways that are accessible via the bronchoscope. Primary and metastatic malignancies are treated with both curative and palliative modalities. Benign stenoses include those caused by trauma (intubation, tracheotomy), systemic diseases (Wegener’s granulomatosis, amyloidosis, papillomatosis), and thermal injury. Idiopathic subglottic stenosis and other disorders of unknown cause are seen. Patients with tracheotomy and difficult airway problems are commonly seen, as efforts are made to decannulate the tracheotomy.
The Airway Disorder Center focuses on diseases of the central or larger airways. Diseases of the small airways, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other lung disorders are seen by our colleagues in the Pulmonary clinic. Other ear, nose, throat, head and neck disorders are seen by colleagues in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.