3-D imprinted devices saved lives of three baby boys, says the research printed in Journal Science Translational Medicine.
The children were suffering from a fatal medical condition known as tracheobronchomalacia. It is an uncommon medical condition that emerges due to weak walls of the airways. Primary TBM and secondary TBM are its two main types. The primary TBM infects children at early stage of life, whereas secondary TBM attacks adults. The condition considerably compresses and damages the airway.
As per the latest report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every one in 2,000 child suffer from the diseases. Earlier, doctors use mechanical ventilation to save the lives of children. The process is quite painful as the infant has to go through tracheotomy for the insertion of tube. The chances of complications are pretty high in this procedure.
Dr. Gleen Green, associate professor of pediatric otolaryngology at C.S, talked about procedure. He said that previously babies had to endure sever pain of tracheobronchomalacia surgery. Additionally, the survival rates are relatively lower in it than the 3-D devices.
Recently, researchers have implanted personalized bioresorbable splints in three babies. The 3-D printed devices are composed of material that gradually transforms its shape. Therefore, initial months of 3-D devices are critical for babies. Afterwards, the airway growth will naturally eliminate the disease.
Researchers from the University of Michigan explained the structure of devices. They inform that the device can easily fight against any kind of external compression.