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A neurologic etiology for tracheomalacia?

Nausheen Jamal, John P Bent, Alfin G Vicencio
International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 2009, 73 (6): 885-7
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To date, major works on tracheomalacia have assumed a structural etiology and have proposed therapies as such. We describe a possible neurologic etiology for tracheomalacia in a child with clinically significant tracheomalacia that resolved in synchrony with each treatment of his recurring hydrocephalus. Endoscopy confirms remarkable expansion of tracheal diameter 7 days after decreasing intracranial pressure. The possibility of a neurologic etiology for tracheomalacia casts this condition in a new light with potential therapeutic implications.

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