The intrinsic response of the cricoid cartilage to vertical division

Craig W Senders, Steven P. Tinling

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The explanation for the separation in the cricoid cartilage after the anterior cricoid split procedure has been a matter of speculation. Whether it is caused by extrinsic factors such as stenting, contraction of laryngeal muscles, fibrosis, or whether it is due to the intrinsic nature of the cricoid cartilage itself has yet to be defined. Whole organ in vitro cultures of juvenile gerbil cricoid cartilages were utilized to study the intrinsic response of cricoid cartilage to anterior vertical division. Our results showed the cricoid cartilage to immediately separate, and that separation to markedly increase during whole organ culture. These results suggest that while extrinsic factors may modify the gap after the anterior cricoid split procedure, the intrinsic nature of the cricoid cartilage itself results in the gap formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993



  • Cartilage
  • Cricoid
  • Culture
  • In vitro
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery

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