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Doctor Thinks Tracheomalacia
Weakness of windpipe: Malacia is weakness of a portion of the airway (trachea is the first portion of the airway and bronchomalacia is weakness of airways further down in the lungs). It can occur when someone is born premature, after a bad infection or after a tracheostomy. Usually wheezing in the upper airway with shortness of breath is common. Breathing tests can help suggest it is present / other tests often need. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The doctors suspect my 6 month old has a vascular ring if so does that mean he coud also have tracheomalacia?
Vascular ring: Yes, in some cases. The vascular ring, is a congenital malformation, in which one of the embryological dorsal aortas is not reabsorbed, and does not grow at the same rate as the body does. No medical therapy exists for the definitive treatment of vascular rings. Preoperatively, the patient should be given adequate nutritional support as well as general respiratory care and appropriate treatment of any respiratory tract infection. Surgery should not be delayed in the presence of a respiratory tract infection, because the division of the ring allows more adequate and complete clearing of respiratory secretions. ...Read more
Regarding the severity of tracheomalacia, if doc says it is 75%does that mean the collapse is 75% or the amount of open airway during collapse is 75%?
Means: The Trachea is 75% of normal in width if it were 25% of normal there would be symptomatology! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more
Non surgical: Tracheomalacia is rarely serious enough to need surgery. The best treatments are pulmonary medications like asthma medications. If necessary, nighttime CPAP or bipap therapy like used for sleep apnea can help a lot. It is best to make sure there isn't an underlying cause. Tracheomalacia is not the same as laryngomalacia and is not related. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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