Coordination of Care for Expiratory Central Airway Collapse: A Structured Process for a Multifaceted Disease

Britney N. Hazelett, Alichia Paton, Adnan Majid, Margaret M. Johnson, Neal M. Patel, David Abia-Trujillo, Alejandra Yu Lee-Mateus, Anna Kornafeld, Sebastian Fernandez-Bussy

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Common respiratory symptoms, including dyspnea, cough, sputum production, and recurrent infections, frequently remain without a clear cause and may be the result of expiratory central airway collapse (ECAC). Establishing the diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan for patients with ECAC is challenging and benefits from a multidisciplinary approach. A coordinator role is crucial in this process to ensure optimal patient-centered outcomes. We describe the coordination of care in the process of diagnosing and treating ECAC. The coordinator leads the organization of the multiple services involved in the care of patients with ECAC, including pulmonary medicine, interventional pulmonology, radiology, and thoracic surgery, as well as hospital inpatient staff. From initial screening to evaluation and management with airway stents and corrective treatment with tracheobronchoplasty, the ECAC coordinator oversees the entire process of care for patients with ECAC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023


  • airway collapse
  • bronchoscopy
  • coordinator
  • expiratory central airway collapse
  • self-expandible stent
  • tracheobronchomalacia
  • tracheobronchoplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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