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Conditions We Treat: Laryngotracheal Stenosis (Airway Disorders)
While the majority of breathing issues are caused by lung problems, sometimes there is a problem with the air passing through the throat or voice box into the lungs. In this situation, patients often make a high pitched noise during breathing called stridor.
Laryngotracheal Stenosis (Airway Obstruction): What You Need to Know
- A benign or cancerous tumor or an inflammatory or infectious growth can cause a mass obstruction of the airway.
- When scar or inflammatory tissue builds up in the voice box or trachea, it can narrow your breathing passage. This can occur following placement of a breathing tube, after throat trauma, or as a result of an autoimmune disease.
- If both of your vocal folds do not move, then they do not open during breathing and can restrict the airflow through the voice box.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Laryngotracheal Stenosis?