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Images In Medicine
2018:31:1;57-57
doi: 10.4103/0970-258X.243426
PMID: 30348930

Tracheomalacia with tracheal bronchus

Sudipta Mohakud1 , Lipsa Priyadarshini2
1 Department of Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
2 Department of Paediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Corresponding Author:
Sudipta Mohakud
Department of Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
India
drsudipta.m@gmail.com
How to cite this article:
Mohakud S, Priyadarshini L. Tracheomalacia with tracheal bronchus. Natl Med J India 2018;31:57
Copyright: (C)2018 The National Medical Journal of India

A 3-month-old baby boy presented with stridor since birth. He had been admitted to hospital for pneumonia at the age of 1 month. Laryngoscopy was normal. Coronal 3D volume-rendered CT image showed distal tracheal luminal narrowing and a right upper lobe bronchus arising from the supracarinal trachea [Figure - 1]a. Virtual bronchoscopy showed the partially collapsed tracheal lumen [Figure - 1]b.

Figure 1: (a) Coronal 3D volume-rendered CT image showing distal tracheal luminal narrowing (short arrow) and a right upper lobe bronchus arising from the supracarinal trachea (long arrow); (b) virtual bronchoscopy image showing the partially collapsed tracheal lumen suggestive of tracheomalacia

A diagnosis of tracheomalacia with tracheal bronchus was made and the child was given adrenaline nebulization and discharged with advise to follow-up. However, he has not reported back to hospital.

Tracheomalacia is weakening and increased collapsibility of airway cartilages causing stridor, cough, impaired clearance of secretion and recurrent respiratory infections. Spontaneous resolution may occur within first 2 years of life. Tracheostomy, stenting or surgery is required in severe and non-resolving cases.

Tracheal bronchus predisposes to recurrent pneumonia and fibro-bronchiectasis. Surgical resection is recommended when symptomatic.

Conflicts of interest. None declared


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