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Repair of large airway defects with bioprosthetic materials
This retrospective single institution report examined outcomes of repair of large airway defects with bioprothetic materials. 8 patients underwent repair with aortic homograft or acellular dermal matrix, 5 of whom suffered from airway-enteric fistulae. Most repairs were buttressed with muscle or omentum. All airways healed; 2 required debridement of granulation tissue and 1 required dilation.