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.
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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What causes tracheomalacia?

Weak tracheal cartil. Weakening of the cartilage "rings" along the front of the trachea, which causes the trachea to flatten ... Some consider invagination of the soft back wall of the trachea also as tracheomalacia ... I disagree, but effect is same, narrowing of the tracheal lumen and some difficulty breathing. Read more...
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What is the etiology of tracheomalacia after bypass?

Not sure. Cannot think of connection between bypass surgery and tracheomalacia ... May have already had undiagnosed tracheomalacia, but diagnosed by anesthesiologist or intensivist while intubated for your bypass surgery ... Also prolonged mechanical ventilator support, with prolonged intubation may have caused inflammation of your trachea that may have caused some weakening of your tracheal cartilages. Read more...

My doctor thinks that my daughter is suffering from tracheomalacia. What does this mean?

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 more...
The wind pipe is sof. The trachea (wind pipe) is abnormaly soft and deforms upon breating or even remains collapsed most of the time. She should be evaluated by a thoracic surgeon. Read more...
Soft trachea. Softening of the trachea.The softening may allow the airway to collapse during expiration and perhaps mechanically interfere with the flow of air. Depending on how severe, surgery may be required. Your pneumologist will reffer her to a pediatric thoracic surgeon if she is 18y/o or younger if he considers it appropiate. Read more...
Usually nothing. Tracheomalacia is a problem that children usually outgrow. Unless they have had a repaired t-e fistula, or vascular ring, it rarely causes problems. Audible wheezing when breathing out (expiration) is the most common symptom. If the problem is noise with inhalation, the problem is not tracheomalacia. The best way to diagnose tracheomalacia is bronchoscopy. Read more...

What is the etiology of tracheomalacia after heart bypass?

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...