One expert noted that while tracheobronchomalacia is rare, the solution discussed in this research report will have a huge impact on the infant involved.
"A child like this is probably going to have a completely normal life if it wasn't for this problem, so that's a really big step and very inspirational," said Dr. John Bent, director of pediatric otolaryngology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City.
Is this designer splint an example of personalized medicine?
For her part, Rosbe said, "It's absolutely the wave of the future. It makes me think of all the work they're doing with cancer therapies now, taking individual patient's cells and blood and tailoring treatment to their particular needs. Once you've got the system in place to make [the creation of the airway splint] easier, if you've got the hardware, you'll be ready to go."
Learn more about tracheobronchomalacia from the U.S. Office of Rare Diseases Research.
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