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Idiopathic subglottic stenosis in a young female patient
  1. Benjamin Pomerantz1,
  2. Michael Pomerantz2 and
  3. Arkadiy Finn3
  1. 1Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
  2. 2Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  3. 3Division of Hospital Medicine, Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Arkadiy Finn; afinn1{at}


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.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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