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The first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis. Sometimes a child is incorrectly diagnosed with severe asthma when he really has tracheomalacia. This is one reason why it’s very important that your child’s doctor has lots of experience diagnosing and treating this condition.
There are multiple ways to diagnose tracheomalacia, but the best is a procedure called a dynamic bronchoscopy. During a dynamic bronchoscopy, your child’s doctor will use a thin instrument called a bronchoscope to look in your child’s airway to see whether his trachea is collapsing when he breathes out (or in).
Other ways of diagnosing tracheomalacia include:
After we complete all necessary tests, our experts meet to review and discuss what they have learned about your child's condition. Then we meet with you and your family to discuss the results and outline the best treatment options.
Learn more about esophageal disorder testing.
A healthy trachea is supported by a series of “c-shaped” rings made of cartilage that help your child’s airway to stay open during exhalation. The most common form of tracheomalacia occurs when the cartilages are wide based and shaped more like a letter “D,” causing the membrane at the back of the airway (the straight line of the D) to interfere with breathing and restrict airflow.
It is often incorrectly assumed that the condition results when the cartilage that goes around the trachea isn’t strong enough to fully support it. While this theory has long been taught, newer research and our extensive experience at Boston Children’s prove this to be an uncommon cause.
Other types of tracheomalaica occur in the lower trachea or bronchi (the branching airways) or are caused by a cyst (mass) in the chest or in the airway itself.
Almost all babies with esophageal atresia have some degree of tracheomalacia. Sometimes, however, tracheomalacia can occur on its own, without another condition.
Tracheomalacia may be congenital (present at birth), or acquired later.
Acquired tracheomalacia, also known as secondary tracheomalacia, can be caused by:
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