A previously healthy 30-year-old woman presented with 3 years of progressive shortness of breath and audible wheezing. One year prior to presentation, she developed a chronic non-productive cough. Pulmonary function testing revealed flattened inspiratory and expiratory peaks, characteristic of an extrathoracic fixed tracheal obstruction. Bronchoscopy confirmed subglottic stenosis (SGS). She had no history of intubation, tracheostomy or evidence of a systemic inflammatory illness. She was diagnosed with idiopathic SGS and referred for rigid bronchoscopy with balloon dilatation resulting in improvement in her symptoms.
- respiratory medicine
- bronchopulmonary dysplasia
- cardiothoracic surgery
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Contributors All authors substantially contributed to manuscript as submitted. BP contributed to writing and editing of the primary manuscript, MP contributed to figure files and editing and AF contributed to primary manuscript revision and figure files.
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