Tracheobronchomalacia: dynamic airway evaluation with multidetector CT

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2001 Jan;176(1):205-10. doi: 10.2214/ajr.176.1.1760205.


OBJECTIVE. The objective of our study was to evaluate the role of dynamic inspiratory-expiratory imaging with multidetector CT in patients with suspected tracheobronchomalacia. CONCLUSION. Multidetector CT with inspiratory-expiratory imaging is a promising method in the evaluation of patients with dynamic airway collapse. In our study, the degree of dynamic collapse correlated well with bronchoscopic results. Dynamic expiratory multidetector CT may offer a feasible alternative to bronchoscopy in patients with suspected tracheobronchomalacia.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Bronchial Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Bronchography
  • Cartilage Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Respiration
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*
  • Trachea / diagnostic imaging
  • Tracheal Diseases / diagnostic imaging*