Tracheobronchomalacia as a Rare Cause of Chronic Dyspnea in Adults

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Uyar M., Sanli M., Kervancioglu S., Taskin-Dogan B., Bakir K., Dikensoy Ö.

MEDICAL PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE, vol.26, no.2, pp.179-181, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000455858
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.179-181
  • Keywords: Asthma, Amyloidosis, Bronchoscopy, CENTRAL AIRWAY COLLAPSE, TRACHEOMALACIA, PULMONARY
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: No


Objective: To emphasize the importance of a careful clinical evaluation to prevent unnecessary interventions and treatments. Clinical Presentation and Intervention: A 76-year-old female patient had been diagnosed with asthma during previous admissions to different hospitals. She had also undergone fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FOB) on 2 occasions for evaluation of right middle lobe atelectasis observed on computed tomography. A repeated FOB revealed tracheobronchomalacia and nodular bronchial amyloidosis. A silicone Y stent was inserted, but the dyspnea increased. Excessive granulation tissue developed, and the patient died despite ventilatory support. Conclusion: The stenting technique used did not prevent the development of respiratory failure and death in this patient. Hence, a surgical procedure could be considered as an alternative to stenting in such cases. (C) 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel