Thoracoscopic aortopexy for primary tracheomalacia in a 12-year-old

Emily T. Durkin, Marzena E. Krawiec, Aimen F. Shaaban*

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Aortopexy is the therapeutic modality of choice for severe primary tracheomalacia. The thoracoscopic approach has been used with good results in infants and toddlers, but little information exists on the use of aortopexy in older children. We present the case of a boy with a lifelong history of refractory, a steroid-dependent reactive airway disease, and who was found to have severe primary tracheomalacia. He subsequently underwent thoracoscopic aortopexy with immediate resolution of the tracheomalacia as demonstrated by serial bronchoscopy and long-term resolution of his clinical respiratory symptoms at 1 year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e15-e17
JournalJournal of pediatric surgery
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2007


  • Aorta
  • Pediatric
  • Thoracoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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