|Is There a Role for Tracheobronchoplasty in Patients with Severe Debilitating Airway Obstruction?
|JB Mc Loughlin D Rice M Aladaileh K Redmond
|Department of Thoracic Surgery, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin
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|General Respiratory and Sleep
|Tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) is a condition characterised by a pathologic collapse of the posterior membrane of the upper airways. This produces a dynamic outflow obstruction leading to an array of respiratory symptoms. The management of these patients is complex with therapeutic interventions carrying significant risks.
We describe three patients with severe TBM that have undergone a trial of carinal stenting and subsequent successful tracheobronchoplasty (TBP).