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Laser treatment of malacia

We have recently developed a technique destined to treat tracheomalacia that seems promising.

We have treated several patients at our center with low power YAP laser discharges aimed at the posterior wall of the malacic airway.

The effect is immediate, and the wall of the airway recovers some of its former rigidity.

The longest follow-up available is one year with no evidence of recurrence.

Following laser treatment, the patient is prescribed steroid and adrenaline aerosol therapy in order to minimize inflammation.


A stent is sometimes necessary while fibrosis sets in, reinforcing the posterior airway wall.

The film shown here is an example of this technique. An airway stent was left in place for three months in this case of right main stem bronchomalacia.

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