A narrow airway restricts breathing. Symptoms typically include difficulty with inhalation and noisy breathing.
Causes of Airway Narrowing
The common causes of airway narrowing include:
- Previous tracheostomy procedures
- Prolonged or traumatic intubation
- Scarring of the vocal cords
- Vocal cord paralysis
Diagnosing Airway Narrowing
Our laryngologists will use a scope to inspect the larynx, trachea, and other areas of the airway to determine the cause and location of the problem.
Treating Airway Narrowing
Treatment of narrowing airway involves stretching and widening the airway with endoscopic techniques and lasers. In severe cases, a tracheostomy creates a hole in the neck to allow the passage of air into the lungs and bypass the narrowing.
Request an Appointment
If you experience difficulty breathing, we can help. To schedule an appointment with one of our laryngologists, or for more information about our services, call 214-645-8300.