Partial Sternotomy Technique Allows Use of Intraoperative Flexible Bronchoscope for Tracheomalacia Diagnosis


  • Zafer Turkyilmaz
  • Ramazan Karabulut Department of Pediatric Surgery, Gazi University Medical Faculty, Ankara
  • Ebru Ergenekon
  • Gokcen Emmez
  • Berrin Isik
  • Ibrahim Hirfanoglu
  • Teymursah Muradi
  • Melda Tas
  • Aysegul Simsek
  • Kaan Sonmez


Tracheomalacia(TM)  is a structural abnormality of the tracheal cartilage causing collapse of its walls and airway obstruction.  We describe herein a  4 month–old case of TM associated with  operated esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula. Intraoperative flexible  bronchoscope was performed  for  diagnosis for TM     during aortopexy operation  via partial sternotomy .


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