Complete tracheal rings are diagnosed with a microlaryngoscopy and bronchoscopy. Sometimes the child may need other X-rays or tests to evaluate for other vascular (blood vessel), heart, or lung abnormalities.
Some children, who have few symptoms, do not need surgery. These children are watched regularly for airway growth or any changes in their symptoms. Most children will develop symptoms as the body grows, but the airway stays the same size. They will need to have surgery to make their airway bigger. This surgery is called a slide tracheoplasty.