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The condition may improve without treatment, but persons with tracheomalacia must be monitored closely when they have respiratory infections.
Aspiration pneumonia can occur from breathing in food.
Adults who develop tracheomalacia after being on a breathing machine often have serious lung problems.
Call your health care provider if you or your child breathes in an abnormal way. It can become an urgent or emergency condition.
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