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Hester F Shieh, C Jason Smithers, Thomas E Hamilton, David Zurakowski, Gary A Visner, Michael A Manfredi, Russell W Jennings, Christopher W Baird
OBJECTIVE: Posterior descending aortopexy can relieve posterior intrusion of the left mainstem bronchus that may limit the effectiveness of posterior tracheobronchopexy. We review outcomes of patients undergoing both descending aortopexy and posterior tracheopexy for severe tracheobronchomalacia with posterior intrusion and left mainstem compression to determine if there were resolution of clinical symptoms and bronchoscopic evidence of improvement in airway collapse. METHODS: All patients who underwent both descending aortopexy and posterior tracheopexy from October 2012 to October 2016 were retrospectively reviewed...
March 7, 2018: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Friso M Rijnberg, Colin R Butler, Christian Bieli, Sonia Kumar, Reza Nouraei, Joshua Asto, Eimear McKavanagh, Paolo de Coppi, Nagarajan Muthialu, Martin J Elliott, Richard J Hewitt
OBJECTIVES: Our study describes and analyses the results from aortopexy for the treatment of airway malacia in children. METHODS: Demographic data, characteristics and preoperative, operative and outcome details, including the need for reintervention, were collected for children undergoing aortopexy between 2006 and 2016. RESULTS: One hundred patients [median age 8.2 months, interquartile range (IQR) 3.3-26.0 months] underwent aortopexy...
March 5, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Toshihiro Ikeda, Jun Nakano, Hiroyasu Yokomise
A 73-year-old man was injured after crashing his automobile into a concrete wall, and was admitted to our hospital with breathing difficulties. Chest computed tomography showed extensive mediastinal emphysema, right traumatic pneumothorax, and a suspected tracheal injury at the membranous region. Because of the associated tracheomalacia, the site of the tracheal injury was difficult to find by bronchoscopy. In addition, as the patient's respiratory condition was stable, surgical treatment was not chosen. Due to the continuous air leakage from the right lung, the patient underwent surgery after mediastinal and subcutaneous emphysema improved...
February 2018: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
Lenard Tai Win Cheng, Tiong Beng Sim, Win Sen Kuan
BACKGROUND: Critical central airway obstruction (CAO) requires emergent airway intervention, but current guidelines lack specific recommendations for airway management in the emergency department (ED) while awaiting rigid bronchoscopy. There are few reports of the use of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) in tracheomalacia, but its use as a temporizing treatment option in fixed, malignant CAO has not, to the best of our knowledge, been reported. CASE REPORT: An 84-year-old woman presented to the ED in respiratory distress, too breathless to speak and using her accessory muscles of respiration, with bilateral rhonchi throughout the lung fields...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Katherine J Baxter, Lauren M Baxter, April M Landry, Mark L Wulkan, Amina M Bhatia
BACKGROUND: Long-term dysphagia occurs in up to 50% of repaired esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF) patients. The underlying factors are unclear and may include stricture, esophageal dysmotility, or associated anomalies. Our purpose was to determine whether structural airway abnormalities (SAA) are associated with dysphagia in EA/TEF. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of children who underwent EA/TEF repair in our hospital system from 2007 to 2016...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Ana Gomez-Larrauri, Simon Galloway, Rob Niven
Achalasia is an uncommon oesophageal motor disorder characterized by failure of relaxation of the lower oesophageal sphincter and muscle hypertrophy, resulting in a loss of peristalsis and a dilated oesophagus. Gastrointestinal symptoms are invariably present in all cases of achalasia observed in adults. We report a case of a 34 year-old female patient with long standing history of asthma-like symptoms, labelled as uncontrolled and steroid resistant asthma with no gastrointestinal manifestations. Thoracic CT scan revealed a massive oesophagus due to achalasia, which caused severe tracheomalacia as a result of tracheal compression...
2018: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
Pierre Fayoux, Martin Morisse, Rony Sfeir, Laurent Michaud, Sam Daniel
OBJECTIVE: Esophageal atresia (EA) is the most common congenital esophageal malformation. Airway pathology, in particular, tracheomalacia and laryngotracheal anomalies is a major cause of morbidity and mortalilty in patients with EA. The aim of this study was to report the incidence and type of laryngotracheal anomalies seen in a large series of patients with EA, and to evaluate their impact on the management of children with EA. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study...
February 2018: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Marcela A Ferrada, Peter C Grayson, Shubhasree Banerjee, Keith Sikora, Robert Colbert, Ninet Sinaii, James D Katz
OBJECTIVE: To assess patient-reported symptoms and burden of disease in relapsing polychondritis (RP). METHODS: Patients with RP completed a disease-specific online survey to identify symptoms attributed to illness. Patients were divided into subgroups based upon presence or absence of ear/nose, airway, or joint involvement. Pathway to diagnosis, treatment, and disease-related complications were assessed within each subgroup. RESULTS: Data from 304 respondents were included in this analysis...
December 15, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
Antti I Koivusalo, Risto J Rintala, Mikko P Pakarinen
AIM OF THE STUDY: Conservative management of gastrooesophageal reflux (GORD) in oesophageal atresia (OA) is sometimes inefficient, and fundoplication is required. We assessed the outcomes of fundoplication among OA patients from 1980 to 2016. METHODS: After ethical consent, hospital records of 290 patients, including 22 referred patients, were reviewed. Included were 262 patients with end-to-end repair. Excluded were patients who underwent oesophageal reconstruction (n=23) or no repair (n=5)...
February 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Luciano F Schopf, José Carlos Fraga, Rodrigo Porto, Luis A Santos, Douglas R Marques, Paulo R Sanchez, Fabíola S Meyer, Jane M Ulbrich
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Silicone and metallic stents are not effective in children with tracheobronchial stenosis or tracheomalacia. Herein, we aimed to evaluate the clinical manifestations and histological reaction of rabbit trachea to the presence of a new poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) with polyisoprene (PLGA/PI) polymer absorbable stent. METHODS: Fourteen adult white rabbits (weight, 3.0-3.5kg) were randomly assigned to three groups: Group I (n=6): PLGA/PI spiral stent; Group II (n=6): PLGA/PI fragment; and Group III (n=2): controls...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Hemanshoo Thakkar, Manasvi Upadhyaya, Iain E Yardley
AIM: Oesophagealatresia/tracheo-oesophageal fistula (OA-TOF) is associated with tracheomalacia (TM). In our institution it is routine for OA-TOF patients to undergo dynamic flexible bronchoscopy (DFB) assessing both the site of the fistula and the presence or absence of TM. We aimed to determine the value of this investigation as a screening tool to predict subsequent symptomatic tracheomalacia in these patients. METHODS: All patients with OA-TOF who underwent DFB at the time of initial repair between June 2014 and November 2016 were included prospectively...
February 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Hayat Mousa, Usha Krishnan, Maheen Hassan, Luigi Dall'Oglio, Rachel Rosen, Frédéric Gottrand, Christophe Faure
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Guidelines were recently published highlighting why esophageal atresia (EA) patients are prone to complication risks, and the need for long-term follow-up. In this review, we will focus on how to investigate and treat potential complications, as well as the pros and cons of different investigative and treatment modalities, and what areas continue to need further research. RECENT FINDINGS: EA patients are at high risk for gastroesophageal reflux and esophageal strictures, and the sequela that result...
November 25, 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
Kerry K Hall, Anne B Chang, Jennie Anderson, Daniel Arnold, Vikas Goyal, Melissa Dunbar, Michael Otim, Kerry-Ann F O'Grady
Background: Acute respiratory illnesses with cough (ARIwC) are predominant causes of morbidity in Australian Indigenous children; however, data on disease burden in urban communities are scarce. This study aimed to determine the incidence of ARIwC, the predictors of recurrent (≥4 episodes) ARIwC, and development of chronic cough following an ARIwC in urban, predominantly Indigenous, children aged <5 years from northern Brisbane, Australia. Methods: Prospective cohort study of children aged <5 years registered with a primary healthcare center...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
Yasuhiro Chikaishi, Kenichi Kobayashi, Shuichi Shinohara, Akihiro Taira, Yusuke Nabe, Shinji Shinohara, Taiji Kuwata, Masaru Takenaka, Soichi Oka, Ayako Hirai, Kazue Yoneda, Koji Kuroda, Naoko Imanishi, Yoshinobu Ichiki, Fumihiro Tanaka
Background: Treatment of tracheostenosis after tracheostomy in pediatric patients is often difficult. Mucopolysaccharidosis is a lysosomal storage disease that may induce obstruction of the airways. Case Presentation: A 16-year-old male patient underwent long-term follow-up after postnatal diagnosis of type II mucopolysaccharidosis. At 11 years of age, tracheostomy was performed for mucopolysaccharidosis-induced laryngeal stenosis. One week prior to presentation, he was admitted to another hospital on an emergency basis for major dyspnea...
2017: Case Reports in Surgery
Nicola Ullmann, Aurelio Secinaro, Laura Menchini, Serena Caggiano, Elisabetta Verrillo, Teresa Pia Santangelo, Renato Cutrera, Paolo Tomà
BACKGROUND: Tracheobronchomalacia, defined as variable collapse of the airways, has been recognized as an important cause of respiratory morbidity but still widely underdiagnosed. Bronchoscopy is still considered as the gold standard, but numerous limitations are known, especially for fragile sick children. Moreover, information on parenchymal lung disease cannot be described. There is a real need for a reliable, non-invasive test to help detection of airway and parenchymal malformations in children, specifically when bronchoscopy cannot be performed...
January 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
Ashish Kumar Roy, Moni Roy, Ghaly Kerolus
Tracheomalacia patients often present with nonspecific symptoms like cough, wheezing and dyspnea. Tracheomalacia diagnosis is usually attributed to alternative common conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive lung disease. Certain maneuvers, like forced expiration, or recumbent position may elicit subtle signs of tracheomalacia. Ordering novel pulmonary function testing in sitting upright and supine positions may provide additional clues to suspect tracheomalacia, which can be confirmed by either dynamic chest tomography or bronchoscopy...
2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
David C van der Zee, Maud Y A van Herwaarden, Caroline C C Hulsker, Marieke J Witvliet, Stefaan H A Tytgat
Esophageal atresia is an anomaly with frequently occurring sequelae requiring lifelong management and follow-up. Because of the complex issues that can be encountered, patients with esophageal atresia preferably should be managed in centers of expertise that have the ability to deal with all types of anomalies and sequelae and can perform rigorous lifelong follow-up. Tracheomalacia is an often-occurring concurrent anomaly that may cause acute life-threatening events and may warrant immediate management. In the past, major thoracotomies were necessary to carry out the aortopexy...
December 2017: Clinics in Perinatology
Yuichi Okata, Tomomi Hasegawa, Yuko Bitoh, Kosaku Maeda
BACKGROUND: Tracheomalacia and bronchomalacia (TM/BM) are one of the serious causes of airway obstruction in infants and children. This study reviewed our bronchoscopic assessments and clinical outcomes in pediatric patients with TM/BM, and investigated risk factors of surgical intervention for TM/BM. METHODS: Fifty-seven consecutive patients who were diagnosed as TM/BM by bronchoscopy between 2009 and 2013 were reviewed retrospectively. They were divided into two groups according to the presence (group E, n = 26) or absence (group N, n = 31) of acute life-threatening events and extubation failure (ALTE/EF)...
January 2018: Pediatric Surgery International
Adheesh Bhandari, Ying-Hao Wang, Shi-Xu Lv, Er-Jie Xia, Ou-Chen Wang
BACKGROUND: Tracheal and bronchial stenosis is a life-threatening condition causing difficulty in breathing and even severe respiratory distress. The silicone tracheobronchial stents were placed using the rigid bronchoscopy into the trachea of severe dyspneic patients and they exhibited symptomatic improvement as well as a rise in the saturation of oxygen. The bronchial stents were applicable to many extensive malignant airway stenosis patients, such as those with esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and laryngeal cancer...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
Ayumi Matsumoto, Eri Imagawa, Noriko Miyake, Takahiro Ikeda, Mizuki Kobayashi, Masahide Goto, Naomichi Matsumoto, Takanori Yamagata, Hitoshi Osaka
SOX9 is responsible for campomelic dysplasia (CMPD). Symptoms of CMPD include recurrent apnea, upper respiratory infection, facial features, and shortening of the lower extremities. The variant acampomelic CMPD (ACMPD) lacks long bone curvature. A patient showed macrocephaly (+3.9 standard deviations [SD]) and minor anomalies, such as hypertelorism, palpebronasal fold, small mandible, and a cleft of soft palate without long bone curvature. From three months of age, he required tracheal intubation and artificial respiration under sedation because of tracheomalacia...
September 28, 2017: Brain & Development
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