Tracheomalacia Questions & Answers

Updated: Apr 28, 2020
  • Author: Daniel S Schwartz, MD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is tracheomalacia?

How is tracheomalacia categorized?

What causes tracheomalacia?

What is the anatomy of the trachea relevant to tracheomalacia?

What is the pathophysiology of tracheomalacia?

What causes tracheomalacia?

How is tracheomalacia classified?

What is the prevalence of tracheomalacia?

What is the prognosis of tracheomalacia?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of tracheomalacia?

Which physical findings are characteristic of tracheomalacia?

DDX

Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnoses of tracheomalacia?

Workup

What is the role of chest radiography in the diagnosis of tracheomalacia?

What is the role of cinefluoroscopy in the diagnosis of tracheomalacia?

What is the role of CT scanning in the diagnosis of tracheomalacia?

What is the role of endoscopy in the diagnosis of tracheomalacia?

What is the role of pulmonary function tests in the diagnosis of tracheomalacia?

Treatment

How is tracheomalacia treated?

How is tracheomalacia treated in infants?

What is the role of CPAP in the treatment of tracheomalacia?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of tracheomalacia?

How is tracheomalacia treated in adults?

What is the role of stents in the treatment of tracheomalacia?

What is the role of tracheostomy in the treatment of tracheomalacia?

What is the role of percutaneous tracheostomy in the treatment of tracheomalacia?

What is the role of aortopexy in the treatment of tracheomalacia?

What is included in postoperative care following surgery for tracheomalacia?

What are the possible complications of tracheomalacia treatment?