Coordinated Pediatric Aerodigestive Care: A Case Study

A 5-year-old tracheostomy-dependent patient presents to pediatric otolaryngology for follow-up. The patient was born at 32 weeks gestation, and has a complex medical history that includes chronic lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, respiratory failure, achondroplasia and an autism diagnosis. In this case study, pediatric otolaryngologist Brandon Hopkins, MD, discusses factors that should be considered in a decision to progress to decannulation.