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Tracheal Stenosis

What is tracheal stenosis?

Tracheal stenosis involves the constriction or narrowing of the windpipe (trachea), which is located just below the vocal folds.

What causes tracheal stenosis?

There are multiple causes of tracheal stenosis including congenital, neoplastic, infectious, and inflammatory. The most common cause is trauma caused by intubation.

What are the symptoms of tracheal stenosis?

  • shortness of breath
  • wheezing
  • noisy breathing
  • cough
  • recurrent pneumonitis

How is tracheal stenosis treated?

There is no behavioral treatment for tracheal stenosis. When stenosis is causing quality of life difficulties, various surgical options are available.