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 19 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Tracheobronchomalacia in a patient on invasive mechanical ventilation: the role of electrical impedance tomography in its detection and positive end-expiratory pressure titration.
 

Author(s): Olívia Meira Dias, Eduardo Leite Vieira Costa, Daniel Antunes Silva Pereira, Caroline Nappi Chaves, Samia Zahi Rached, Carmen Silvia Valente Barbas

Journal: J Bras Pneumol. ;41(2):203-5.

 

Last Updated: 14 May 2015

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Mitigation of tracheobronchomalacia with 3D-printed personalized medical devices in pediatric patients.
 

Author(s): Robert J Morrison, Scott J Hollister, Matthew F Niedner, Maryam Ghadimi Mahani, Albert H Park, Deepak K Mehta, Richard G Ohye, Glenn E Green

Journal: Sci Transl Med. 2015 Apr;7(285):285ra64.

 

Three-dimensional (3D) printing offers the potential for rapid customization of medical devices. The advent of 3D-printable biomaterials has created the potential for device control in the fourth dimension: 3D-printed objects that exhibit a designed shape change under tissue growth ...

Last Updated: 30 Apr 2015

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Pulmonary function and flow-volume loop patterns in patients with tracheobronchomalacia: is there an independent effect? Reply.
 

Author(s): Andres F Sosa, Anup K Singh, Adnan Majid

Journal: Respir Care. 2014 Feb;59(2):e25-6.

 

Last Updated: 4 Feb 2014

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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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Symptomatic Treatment of Excessive Dynamic Airway Collapse Using Daytime Portable Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Excessive Dynamic Airway Collapse; Tracheobronchomalacia

 

Last Updated: 4 May 2016

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Last Updated: 30 Dec 2014

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