Tracheobronchomalacia

Common Name(s)

Tracheobronchomalacia

Tracheomalacia (TM) is a rare condition where the trachea is weak due to soft cartilage in a certain area or throughout the trachea.  If the mainstem bronchi are involved as well, the term tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) is used. Breathing becomes difficult as a result of the soft tracheal cartilage. Other signs and symptoms include wheezing, frequent upper respiratory infections and a bluish color to the skin surrounding the mucous membranes of the nose and mouth. The cause of this condition is believed to be hereditary when it occurs in children. In adults, smoking or second hand smoke, thyroid tumors, chronic irritation and damage to the trachea are all possible causes. The recommended treatment for this condition is surgery to correct the weakened trachea. It should be noted that, historically, many authors have used TM and TBM interchangeably, especially in studies found in the pediatric literature. (Click here to view a diagram of the respiratory system which includes the trachea and the bronchi.) 
 

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Tracheobronchomalacia" returned 23 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

A novel endobronchial approach to massive hemoptysis complicating silicone Y-stent placement for tracheobronchomalacia: A case report.
 

Author(s): Changwan Ryu, Daniel Boffa, Kyle Bramley, Margaret Pisani, Jonathan Puchalski

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Feb;97(8):e9980.

 

Airway stabilization for severe, symptomatic tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) may be accomplished by silicone Y-stent placement. Common complications of the Y-stent include mucus plugging and granulation tissue formation.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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A Case of Tracheobronchomalacia Mimicking Acute Pulmonary Embolism.
 

Author(s): Stefani M Schwartz, Katherine J Greco, Venugopal Reddy

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BACKGROUND Pulmonary embolism is a common acute postoperative complication and is associated with 100,000 deaths per year in the USA. Tracheobronchomalacia is an uncommon condition, which presents with similar symptoms to pulmonary embolism, including hypoxemia, tachycardia, and shortness ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Tracheobronchomalacia as a Rare Cause of Chronic Dyspnea in Adults.
 

Author(s): Meral Uyar, Maruf Sanli, Selim Kervancioglu, Berna Taskin-Dogan, Kemal Bakir, Oner Dikensoy

Journal: Med Princ Pract. 2017 ;26(2):179-181.

 

To emphasize the importance of a careful clinical evaluation to prevent unnecessary interventions and treatments.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Tracheobronchomalacia" returned 3 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Tracheobronchoplasty for the treatment of tracheobronchomalacia.
 

Author(s): Kiran H Lagisetty, Sidhu P Gangadharan

Journal: J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg.. 2012 Sep;144(3):S58-9.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Stridor and respiratory failure due to tracheobronchomalacia: case report and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Ramon Andrade de Mello, Adriana Magalhães, Abílio José Vilas-Boas

Journal: Sao Paulo Med J. 2012 ;130(1):61-4.

 

Tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) results from structural and functional abnormalities of the respiratory system. It is characterized by excessive collapse: at least 50% of the cross-sectional area of the trachea and main bronchi. In this paper, we present a rare case of a patient with ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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[Tracheobronchomalacia].
 

Author(s): Adnan Majid, Liliana Fernández, Sebastián Fernández-Bussy, Felix Herth, Armin Ernst

Journal: Arch. Bronconeumol.. 2010 Apr;46(4):196-202.

 

Tracheobronchomalacia is a central airway disease characterised by weakness of the wall and dynamic decrease in the tracheal lumen and the large bronchi, particularly while exhaling. It is more common in middle age and the elderly with previous exposure to cigarettes. It causes chronic ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Mapping Sound Propagation Through the Human Lung for Better Diagnosis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Bronchomalacia; Asthma; Lung Neoplasms; Lung Diseases, Interstitial; Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive

 

Last Updated: 14 Feb 2018

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