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What is tracheomalacia?

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Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Tracheomalacia: Tracheomalacia is the collapsing of the trachea (the tube that brings air from the back of the throat to the lungs) with breathing in (inspiration). The front part of the trachea has hard cartilage, and the back a soft membrane. In patients with emphysema or other conditions, that soft part can collapse with inspiration causing a partial obstruction and difficulties breathing.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Dr. Eric Toloza commented
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
or the hard cartilaginous wall can become soft and flatten out, thereby collapsing the trachea
Apr 18, 2012
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Weakness in trachea: The supporting structures of the trachea are cartilage, which keep the trachea from collapsing on itself during breathing. The cartilage can be damaged by infection, trauma, congenital, or other. Treatment can be complex, since the use of stents in the airway in benign disease is discouraged.

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