Symptoms & Causes of Complete Tracheal Rings

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What are the Symptoms of Complete Tracheal Rings?

Some children may show mild respiratory issues at first, while others may be in serious respiratory distress. Symptoms of a narrowed airway (stenosis) caused by complete tracheal rings include:

  • Noisy breathing (stridor)
  • Wet-sounding breathing
  • Recurring pneumonias
  • Wheezing
  • Blue-spells (cyanosis)
  • Pauses in breathing (apnea)
  • Chest congestion

What Causes Complete Tracheal Rings?

Complete tracheal rings are a rare disorder that is present at birth. It is usually associated with other abnormalities of the heart or lungs. It may also be associated with Down syndrome and Pfeiffer syndrome.


Tracheal rings can also be associated with a condition in which the pulmonary artery (the artery carrying blood from the right ventricle of the heart to the lungs) wraps around the trachea and causes a narrowing of the opening
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