• Definition

    Tracheitis is a bacterial infection of the windpipe (trachea).

    Alternative Names

    Bacterial tracheitis; Acute bacterial tracheitis

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Bacterial tracheitis is most often caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. It frequently follows a recent viral upper respiratory infection. It affects mostly young children, possibly because their small trachea is easily blocked by swelling.