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Congenital tracheomalacia


Other Names for this Disease
  • Tracheomalacia, congenital
  • Type 1 tracheomalacia
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Overview

Congenital tracheomalacia is a weakness and floppiness of the walls of the windpipe (trachea), which is present at birth. It occurs in 1 in 2100 children.[1] Symptoms vary from mild to severe and include breathing noises that may change with position and improve during sleep, breathing problems that get worse with coughing, crying, feeding, or upper respiratory infections, high-pitched breathing, and rattling or noisy breaths. Most infants respond well to humidified air, careful feedings, and antibiotics for infections. Babies with tracheomalacia must be closely monitored when they have respiratory infections. Symptoms of tracheomalacia tends to improve as the infant grows.[2]
Last updated: 8/19/2015

References

  1. Hysinger EB, Panitch HB. Paediatric Tracheomalacia. Paediatr. Respir. Rev. 2015; Accessed 8/19/2015.
  2. Congenital tracheomalacia. MedlinePlus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001084.htm. Accessed 8/19/2015.
  3. Oermann CM. Congenital anomalies of the intrathoracic airways and tracheoesophageal fistula. In: Redding G. UpToDate. Waltham, MA: UpToDate; 2015; Accessed 8/18/2015.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Tracheomalacia, congenital
  • Type 1 tracheomalacia
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