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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The terms "Tracheobronchomalacia" returned 13 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Tracheobronchomalacia presenting as infantile wheeze.
 

Author(s): D Vijayasekaran, S Kalpana, V E Vivekanandan

Journal: Indian Pediatr. 2011 Nov;48(11):903-4.

 

We report six months old infant with a history of recurrent wheeze, admitted for foreign body aspiration like presentation, where fibreoptic bronchoscopy revealed the diagnosis of tracheobronchomalacia.

Last Updated: 19 Jun 2012

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Psittacosis infection and tracheobronchomalacia in a patient undergoing thyroidectomy.
 

Author(s): Luke Dixon, Salvador Diaz-Cano, Klaus-Martin Schulte

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A 34-year-old woman with papillary thyroid carcinoma underwent total thyroidectomy with central and lateral lymphadenectomy. Immediate airway compromise required re-intubation immediately after surgery. Marked tracheal and bronchial collapse of greater than 50% of the lumen indicated ...

Last Updated: 7 Jun 2012

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Tracheobronchomalacia treated by inserting a long T-tube into the left main bronchus.
 

Author(s): Taichiro Goto, Yoshitaka Oyamada, Misa Wakaki, Ryoichi Kato

Journal: Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2010 Jan;10(1):107-9.

 

An 88-year-old woman with advanced Parkinson's disease (stage V on the Yahr scale) had difficulty in expectoration and underwent tracheostomy in 1999. In July 2004, granulation tissue was formed in the tracheal lumen at the tip of the tracheostomy tube, and a standard type silicone ...

Last Updated: 18 Dec 2009

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The terms "Tracheobronchomalacia" returned 2 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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: 20 Feb 2012

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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: 30 Mar 2010

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Last Updated: 3 Aug 2011

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Correlation Between Trachebroncho Malacia/Hyperdynamic Airway Collapse And Obstructive Sleep Apnea
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Trachebronchomalacia (TBM); Hyper Dynamic Airway Collapse (HDAC); Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

 

Last Updated: 31 Mar 2014

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