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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