Obstructive Sleep Apnea Due To Extrathoracic Tracheomalacia
1Pediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY; 2Department of Otolaryngology, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY; 3Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
We report obstructive sleep apnea in a 3-year-old boy with tracheomalacia secondary to tracheotomy that resolved after placement of a metallic stent in the region of tracheomalacia. The tracheal location of obstruction during sleep in this case contrasts with the usual location in the pharynx or, less often, the larynx. This case also demonstrates the utility of polysomnography in managing decannulation of tracheostomies.
Muzumdar H; Nandalike K; Bent J; Arens R. Obstructive sleep apnea due to extrathoracic tracheomalacia. J Clin Sleep Med 2013;9(2):163–164.
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