Treatment of diffuse tracheomalacia secondary to relapsing polychondritis with continuous positive airway pressure

Chest. 1997 Dec;112(6):1701-4. doi: 10.1378/chest.112.6.1701.


Relapsing polychondritis (RP) is a rare disease characterized by recurrent inflammation and destruction of the cartilaginous structures. Tracheobronchial chondritis is a dreaded complication of RP. We wish to report a case of RP of the trachea and bronchi which was treated with nasal continuous positive airway pressure.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Masks
  • Middle Aged
  • Nose
  • Polychondritis, Relapsing / complications
  • Polychondritis, Relapsing / diagnosis
  • Polychondritis, Relapsing / therapy*
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / instrumentation
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / methods*
  • Stents
  • Tracheal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Tracheal Diseases / etiology
  • Tracheal Diseases / therapy*