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Tracheomalacia - congenital

  • Definition

    Congenital tracheomalacia is a weakness and floppiness of the walls of the windpipe (trachea), which is present at birth.

    Alternative Names

    Type 1 tracheomalacia

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Tracheomalacia in a newborn occurs when the cartilage in the windpipe (trachea) has not developed properly. Instead of being rigid, the walls of the trachea are floppy. Because the windpipe is the main airway, breathing difficulties begin soon after birth.

    Congenital tracheomalacia is very uncommon.