Tracheal defects due to stricture formation, tracheomalacia, and neoplasms can present difficult reconstructive problems. Tracheal defects were surgically created in 6 dogs and primarily reconstructed with microsurgical free tissue transfer of autogenous jejunal segments. Primary healing was accomplished in all dogs without severe air leakage or infection. Bronchoscopy demonstrated no substantial secretions or tracheal narrowing. Gross pathological examination of the trachea revealed no evidence of tracheal disruption or infection. Direct measurements revealed no major tracheal narrowing. Microscopic examination demonstrated normal jejunal mucosa with a minimal amount of inflammatory change at the margins of the reconstruction at 6 weeks. Microvascular free tissue transfer of jejunal segments to correct cervical tracheal defects can readily be accomplished with excellent healing and maintenance of the tracheal lumen in dogs.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine