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Causes Of 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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