Dilatation (or Dilation)

This means to stretch an opening to a larger size. For example, one of the options when managing an individual with a stenosis (narrowing) in the trachea or windpipe may be to dilate or stretch that area, to see if durable enlargement of the airway can be achieved, or whether a different approach such as tracheal resection should be tried.

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