What is it?

Tracheomalacia refers to a collapse of the trachea, which is the tube that connects the larynx to the bronchi of the lungs, allowing the passage of air. It usually happens in babies because the walls of the windpipe are weak. It could also be a result of something putting pressure on it. It causes difficulty breathing and noises while breathing in babies, and some may suffer from other conditions such as heart problems or reflux disease.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Tracheomalacia
- Congenital tracheal stenosis

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include noisy breathing, difficulty breathing which worsen during coughing, crying, feeding or colds, high-pitched cough and breathing.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include imaging scans, airway Fluoroscopy, Laryngoscopy, and Bronchoscopy.


Tracheomalacia usually gets better with time, as the trachea’s walls get stronger. Treatment may include medications and humidifiers till it gets better. Surgical procedures are rarely needed.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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