Conditions + Treatments

Tracheal Stenosis in Children

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Tracheal stenosis is a constriction or narrowing of the windpipe (trachea). It can be present at birth (congenital) or caused by an injury.

Our Center for Airway Disorders provides the most advanced medical and surgical airway treatments available. Our team approach includes the expertise of specialists from various fields who provide comprehensive assessment, treatment and follow-up care.

What is Tracheal Stenosis?

Tracheal stenosis is a very rare birth defect in the cartilage that supports the airway. This narrowing (stenosis) can be a result of:

  • Complete tracheal rings: One or more rings of cartilage that supports the trachea appear as O-shaped (instead of C-shaped) and constrict the airway.
  • A tracheal cartilaginous sleeve: The cartilage in trachea forms a sleeve instead of independent rings. This malformation is makes it easy for the airway to become blocked.
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