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What causes tracheomalacia?

What causes tracheomalacia?

Uncommon: Tracheomalacia is collapse of the trachea (the windpipe) and is often confused with laryngomalacia which is collapse of the voicebox (which is above the trachea). Tracheomalacia is quite uncommon in infants except those with repaired t-e fistulas, and those with unrepaired vascular rings. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes tracheomalacia in newborns?

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes tracheomalacia in newborns?

Dont know: There is a lot if information what what it is but not the what causes it. So do not know if it is just genetic (most likely) or environmental (in which case we should see a whole lot more of it). Infants do outgrow it. I would not be too worried about what causes it as the baby already has it...So lets deal with the here and now... ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of acquired tracheomalacia (NOT congenital) in toddler? Vascular rings have been ruled out via CT scan & bronchoscopy.

What are the possible causes of acquired tracheomalacia (NOT congenital) in toddler? Vascular rings have been ruled out via CT scan & bronchoscopy.

Other studies: Here are some other studies that are sometimes done to investigate the cause tracheomalacia: airway fluoroscopy, barium swallow, pulmonary function tests I'm assuming the child has never been intubated ( breathing tube) or had surgery in the area ( both can cause acquired tracheomalacia). Sounds like your child is already seeing a pulmonoogist or ENT. That's who I would refer to. ...Read more

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Tracheomalacia, what is that caused by?

Tracheomalacia, what is that caused by?

Rare: Tracheomalacia is a rare complication following prolonged endotracheal intubation for any reason and results from compromise of the arterial circulation due to prolonged mechanical compression of the inflated balloon against tracheal mucosa. It takes weeks for this to occur so doesn't happen routinely following heart bypass or other operations. Tracheostomy prevents it. ...Read more

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What is tracheomalacia, can you help me?

What is tracheomalacia, can you help me?

Tracheomalacia: ... Is weakness or floppiness of the cartilage of the trachea that results in narrowing or collapse of the trachea when you breathe in. It can be something you are born with, or it can result from compression or from infection for inflammation, and also from having a breathing tube for a long time. If you are concerned about tracheomalacia, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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What is tracheomalacia?

What is tracheomalacia?

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. ...Read more

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Need info on tracheomalacia?

Need info on tracheomalacia?

Tracheal flattening: Usually do to weakness of the cartilage "rings" along front wall of trachea. Usually these cartilage rings are u-shaped and prop the trachea open. Some call invagination of the soft back wall of trachea as tracheomalacia. Not really, but has same effect of narrowing the tracheal opening. In latter case, can place flat prosthesis to keep soft posterior wall from invaginating in. Can also stent. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tracheomalacia?

Respiratory issues: Tracheomalacia is a weakness of the supportive cartilage of the windpipe (trachea) which can present as difficulty breathing (stridor) usually presenting during exercise or other exertion. ...Read more

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What can affect my tracheomalacia?

What can  affect my tracheomalacia?

Forceful exhalation: Breathing out too forcefully can make the effect of tracheomalacia worse ... Also weight gain that causes the fat in the mediastinum around the trachea can compress the trachea more ... ...Read more

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Tell me about tracheomalacia in infants?

Tell me about tracheomalacia in infants?

Uncommon: Tracheomalacia is collapse of the trachea (the windpipe) and is often confused with laryngomalacia which is collapse of the voicebox (which is above the trachea). Tracheomalacia is quite uncommon in infants except those with repaired t-e fistulas, and those with unrepaired vascular rings. ...Read more

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