This is the first report to our knowledge of a successful total tracheal replacement in a post-COVID-19 patient by cryopreserved aortic allograft. The graft was anastomosed to the cricoid and carina; a silicon stent was inserted to ensure patency. The patient was extubated on the operative table and was immediately able to breathe, speak, and swallow. No immunosuppression was administered. Three weeks after surgery, the patient was discharged from hospital in excellent health, and was able to resume his normal lifestyle, work, and activity as an amateur cyclist. Two months after surgery, the patient assumes aerosol with saline solution three times per day and no other therapy; routine bronchoscopy to clear secretions is no longer needed.
- cryopreserved aortic allograft
- tracheal replacement