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Research Letter
May 2017

Treatment of Severe Acquired Tracheomalacia With a Patient-Specific, 3D-Printed, Permanent Tracheal Splint

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2University of Michigan Medical School, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 3Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 4Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 5Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;143(5):523-525. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2016.3932

Tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) is a disease of excessive collapse of the primary airways resulting from intrinsic weakness or extrinsic compression. While infantile TBM typically regresses in severity over time, adult-phenotype TBM is more often persistent and progressive.1 Severe TBM carries substantial morbidity and mortality, and interventions such as surgical excision, stenting, and tracheotomy have all been associated with life-threatening complications.2,3

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