Tracheopathia chondro-osteoplastica--an unusual cause of stridor

J Laryngol Otol. 2009 Sep;123(9):1039-41. doi: 10.1017/S0022215108003721. Epub 2008 Oct 15.


Objectives: A case of tracheopathia chondro-osteoplastica causing sub-glottic stenosis is described.

Study design: Case report and literature review.

Materials and methods: A 37-year-old man presented with a 15-year history of gradually worsening dyspnoea and stridor due to sub-glottic stenosis. His medical and radiographic records were reviewed. This patient's presentation, histopathological findings and radiology images are presented and discussed.

Results: Histopathological evaluation of microlaryngoscopy biopsy specimens, taken during laser debulking of the stenosis, confirmed the presence of tracheopathia chondro-osteoplastica.

Conclusions: This is the first reported case of sub-glottic stenosis caused by tracheopathia chondro-osteoplastica which required an urgent tracheostomy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Calcinosis / complications*
  • Disease Progression
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Respiratory Sounds / etiology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Tracheal Stenosis / complications*
  • Tracheal Stenosis / diagnosis
  • Tracheostomy
  • Treatment Outcome