July 9, 2020

What is a collapsed trachea?

The trachea, also known as the windpipe, is an important structure, which connects the throat to the lungs.  It serves the purpose of directing air into the respiratory tract. 

The normal trachea is tubular.  It maintains its shape because of a series of rings made of cartilage.  These rings do not completely encircle the trachea.  Instead, they go from the 2 o'clock to 10 o'clock positions.  The remainder of the trachea is composed of a flexible membrane that joins the ends of the cartilage rings.

When the cartilage rings are flattened from the top to the bottom, the trachea is said to be collaps...

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