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What is tracheobronchomalacia?

Tracheobronchomalacia (say “tray-kee-oh-brong-koh-muh-LAY-shee-uh”) is a rare condition that affects the windpipe and airways. The walls of the windpipe (trachea) and airways (bronchial tubes) become weak and soft. The weak walls can narrow or block the airways and make it hard for you to breathe. Without treatment, the problem can get worse over time.

This condition is most often caused by a health problem like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or an injury.