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Tracheomalacia – a state at which trachea walls, are blocked or weakened because of weakness or softness of fabrics. It can cause the complicated breath.

Tracheomalacia symptoms:

Tracheomalacia symptoms – noisy breath (stridor), a long exhalation and a severe cough. These symptoms are aggravated at loadings, for example, from crying or when the child has a cold or other upper respiratory tract infections. It can cause difficulties when feeding. Symptoms usually pass if the child lies on a stomach.

The case history and physical inspection can indicate probability of development of a tracheomalacia, but the diagnosis has to be confirmed with x-ray inspection or other inspections of a trachea.

Tracheomalacia reasons:

The tracheomalacia is more widespread among children. Most often it is inborn defect, i.e. the child is born with this disease. At the same time, the tracheomalacia can develop at babies, especially at those which were born before term and which breathed through tubes for a long time. Tracheomalacia symptoms, as a rule, weaken at children aged from 6 up to 12 months, and the disease completely disappears aged from 18 up to 24 months.

Treatment of the Tracheomalacia:

Usually the state at a tracheomalacia improves in itself without any medical care. However, if the disease passes in a severe form, there can be problems with growth. If the condition of the patient does not improve, then there can be a need for operation.

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