Engineering Minute

Engineering Minute – 3D Printed Pediatric Tracheal Splint

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A collaborative team at Georgia Tech and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has successfully surgically implanted experimental 3D printed tracheal splints in a pediatric patient. The splints were placed during a complex 10 hour surgery in a 7 month old infant experiencing life threatening airway obstruction as a result of tracheo-bronchomalacia. The splints were created using reconstructions of the patient's airways from CT scans, ensuring a perfect fit. During the procedure 3 splints were placed around the trachea to expand it and the bronchus, opening the airway. Over time, as the trachea and bronchus expand, the splints will be absorbed into the body. Read more about the 3D printed tracheal splint at Georgia Tech.