Radiographics 2022 May 6:210155. Epub 2022 May 6.
From the Department of Radiology, Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging (A.A., E.C.S., E.L., P.P.A.), Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Section of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery (J.D.L.C.), Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (R.J.M.), Department of Surgery (K.H.L.), Michigan Medicine, 1500 E Medical Center Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109; Department of Surgery, Ann Arbor Veterans Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich (K.H.L.); and Department of Radiology, Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Mass (D.L.).
Tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) and excessive dynamic airway collapse (EDAC) are airway abnormalities that share a common feature of expiratory narrowing but are distinct pathophysiologic entities. Both entities are collectively referred to as expiratory central airway collapse (ECAC). The or weakness of cartilage that supports the tracheobronchial tree may occur only in the trachea (ie, tracheomalacia), in both the trachea and bronchi (TBM), or only in the bronchi (bronchomalacia). Read More