Tracheitis (also known as "Bacterial tracheitis" or "Acute bacterial tracheitis") is a bacterial infection of the trachea and is capable of producing airway obstruction.

One of the most common causes is Staphylococcus aureus and often follows a recent viral upper respiratory infection. It is the most serious in young children, possibly because of the relatively small size of the trachea that gets easily blocked by swelling. The most frequent sign is the rapid development of stridor. It is occasionally confused with croup.


*Increasing deep or barking croup cough following a previous upper respiratory infection
*Crowing sound when inhaling (inspiratory stridor)
*'scratchy' feeling in the throat
*Chest pain
*Ear ache
*Trouble breathing
*Intercostal retractions (the muscles between the ribs pull in as the child attempts to breathe)

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  • Tracheitis — Tra che*i tis (tr[=a] k[ e]*[imac] t[i^]s), n. [NL. See {Trachea}; { itis}.] (Med.) Inflammation of the trachea, or windpipe. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tracheītis — (gr.), Luftröhrenentzündung, Bräune u. Bronchitis. T. membranacĕa, s. exsudatīva, s. humĭda, Croup. T. serōsa, Katarrh, katarrhalische Entzündung der Luftröhre. T. suppuratorĭa, Eiterung der Luftröhre. T. ulcerōsa, T. phthisĭca,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Tracheītis — (griech.), Luftröhrenentzündung …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Tracheitis — Tracheītis (grch.), Entzündung, Katarrh der Luftröhre …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • tracheitis — [trā΄kē īt′is] n. [ModL: see TRACHEA & ITIS] inflammation of the trachea …   English World dictionary

  • Tracheitis — Klassifikation nach ICD 10 J04.1 Akute Tracheitis J04.2 Akute Laryngotracheitis J42 Nich …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • tracheitis — Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the trachea. SYN: trachitis. [trachea + G. itis, inflammation] * * * tra·che·itis .trā kē īt əs n inflammation of the trachea * * * n. inflammation of the trachea, usually sec …   Medical dictionary

  • tracheitis — n. inflammation of the trachea, usually secondary to bacterial or viral infection in the nose or throat. Tracheitis causes soreness in the chest and a painful cough and is often associated with bronchitis. In babies it can cause asphyxia,… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • tracheitis — noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1859 inflammation of the trachea …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tracheitis — /tray kee uy tis/, n. Pathol. inflammation of the trachea. [1835 45; TRACHE(A) + ITIS] * * * Inflammation and infection of the trachea. Inhaled irritants can injure the tracheal lining and increase the chance of infection (bacterial or viral).… …   Universalium

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