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Are tracheomalacia & bronchomalacia the same thing? or are they different?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No: Tracheomalacia: Flaccidity of the tracheal walls secondary to defective cartilaginous rings. Bronchomalacia: Flaccidity of the bronchial wall secondary ot defective cartilageinous ring These conditions can be primary, that is the cartilage is lacking or secondary due to compression on the cartilage. They are often together.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Same, different site: Malacia refers to lack of normal hardening of cartilage of airway. It can involve trachea, bronchus, or both. Sometime hardens with time. Other times may need tracheostomy if severe enough to cause problematic respiratory distress. Laryngomalacia referes to immature larynx with floppiness of epiglottis and aryepiglottic folds

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