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Tracheopathia chondro-osteoplastica – an unusual cause of stridor

  • R S Natt (a1), T Helliwell (a2) and M McCormick (a1)



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.


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


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


Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Mr R S Natt, Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Prescot Street, Liverpool L7 8XP, UK. E-mail:


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Presented at the North of England Otolaryngology Society Meeting, Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust, Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool, March 2008.



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