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Tracheomalacia

Is tracheomalacia common in CdLS?

I certainly have heard of some children with CdLS having had tracheomalacia, although I don't think that it is that common. It is a softening of the trachea, which causes part of the airway to collapse during inspiration. There is an audible sound associated with this (stridor). The diagnosis can be made with a laryngoscopy (going down and looking). It usually does resolve with time and no type of therapy is indicated. Sometimes there can be accompanying problems in feeding. It may take somewhat longer to correct if growth is slower.

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