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A cricoidectomy is the surgical excision of the cricoid cartilage. The excision can often be performed under local anaesthetic and can either be partial or total. The procedure may be necessary as a treatment of pulmonary aspiration, to prevent progression to aspiration pneumonia. As the cricoid cartilage is the narrowest part of the trachea, it is also a common point of a blockage or narrowing (stenosis).[1][2]


  1. ^ Introduction Paolo Macchiarini; Jean-Philippe Verhoye; Alain Chapelier; Elie Fadel; Philippe Dartevelle (2000) "Partial cricoidectomy with primary thyrotracheal anastomosis for postintubation subglottic stenosis" J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg
  2. ^ Michihiko Sonea1; Tsutomu Nakashimaa1; Noriyuki Yanagita (1995) "Laryngotracheal separation under local anaesthesia for intractable salivary aspiration: cricoidectomy with fibrin glue support" The Journal of Laryngology & Otology:Cambridge University Press