Anterior Cricoid Split

cricoid split

Photo Source:  Drs. Potsic, Cotton and Handler's textbook, Surgical Pediatric Otolaryngology, Thieme Publishing Company, New York/Stuttgart, 1997

Cricoid Split is a surgical procedure to repair subglottic stenosis by transecting  (divide by cutting across) the cricoid cartilage in order to enlarge the subglottic airway. The cricoid cartilage is the only complete ring of cartilage around the trachea.

cricoid cartilage