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Tracheal tests, treatments and services

To treat the full range of pediatric tracheal disorders from simple to complex, Children’s offers comprehensive tests, treatments and services.

Diagnostic tests

About tracheal disorders diagnostic tests at Children’s

When children are referred to the tracheal disorders program at Children's, they have often been diagnosed with a congenital condition before birth. In other situations, parents or caregivers notice some symptoms of a tracheal problem at home, such as shortness of breath or wheezing.

In order to fully understand your child’s condition, the tracheal disorders team uses an array of powerful diagnostic tools.

These tools aid clinical observation and are specific to tracheal disorders:

Further airway tests might need to be performed, and these will be done in conjunction with the services to the Airway and Digestive Center at Children's.

Tracheal surgery

About tracheal surgery

In rare instances, our team determines surgery is the right path for your child. The tracheal disorders program at Children’s houses one of only five pediatric tracheal surgery programs in the nation.

The tracheal surgeons at Children’s are innovators in the field and have developed many of the techniques used at Children’s and around the country. Some of the more common surgeries our team performs include:

  • Tracheal resection
  • Airway reconstruction
  • Tracheopexy
  • Slide tracheoplasty

Learn more about the innovative tracheal surgery procedures performed at Children's

Ongoing care

About ongoing care for tracheal disorders

Treatment, including surgery, is only the first step to wellness. The team at Children's understands that close follow-up care is necessary in all cases of tracheal disorders. The team will follow the progress of your child after treatment using the following tools:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • CT imaging
  • Bronchogram
  • Exercise testing
  • Neurodevelopmental checks
  • Quality of life studies

Patients with congenital heart defects

About patients with congenital heart defects

40 percent of all patients with a tracheal disorder also have some type of congenital heart defect. Because of this, any tracheal team needs to work closely with cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons. At Children's the tracheal disorders team has the support of the nationally respected Herma Heart Institute. The combined expertise of the heart institute and the tracheal team means the best care and outcomes for your child.

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