Tracheal diaphragm: a very unusual form of congenital tracheal stenosis

Emmanuel Le Bret, Natacha Teissier*, Khaled Menif, Jacqueline Bruniaux, Nourredine Gharbi, Nejla Ben Jaballah, Alain Serraf, Thierry Van Den Abbeele

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A 3.2-kg newborn was intubated for neonatal respiratory distress owing to a congenital tracheal stenosis. The preoperative assessment showed a sphincter-like stenosis located 1 cm above the carina. The child was cured by resection-anastomosis through sternotomy under cardiopulmonary bypass. The pathological examination showed hypoplastic cartilage islets embedded in a fibroelastic conjunctive tissue. The posterior membranous region was preserved with the existence of smooth muscle cells. This curious malformation resembled a diaphragm at the junction between trachea and carina.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e7-e10
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Anastomosis
  • Cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Endoscopy
  • Pediatric
  • Tracheal stenosis


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