Ear Nose Throat J. 2003 Jun;82(6):427.
FIRST PARAGRAPH: Tracheopathia osteoplastica (tracheobronchopathia osteochondroplastica) is a segmental degenerative disorder of the tracheobronchial tree. It is characterized by multiple submucosal cartilaginous and osseous nodules of various sizes that cause a narrowing of the upper respiratory tract. This disorder is most common in elderly men, and it is occasionally associated with chronic inflammation or with trauma. Tracheopathia osteoplastica can manifest clinically as nonspecific signs and symptoms, although stridor and dyspnea are common. Radiologic studies may suggest the diagnosis if scalloped nodular calcified opacities are seen in the submucosa. The diagnosis is confirmed after endoscopic and pathologic examination.
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