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Tracheomalacia: Signs and Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of tracheomalacia?

  • Noisy breathing, especially a wheezing sound
  • Breathing problems that get worse with activity or colds
  • High-pitched breathing
  • "Happy wheezing" (children have normal oxygen levels and disposition, unlike wheezing in asthma or CF)
  • No improvement in wheezing with bronchodilator therapy
  • Normal vital signs despite respiratory symptoms
  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Chronic cough
  • Apnea in infancy