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Healthy and constricted trachea. Computer artwork of a cross-section through a healthy (left) and a constricted (right) trachea (windpipe). The healthy airway has a wide lumen (core) through which breathing can occur normally. The inflamed constricted airway has a narrowed lumen following contraction of the outer muscle layer (red) and swelling of the mucous lining, leading to congestion and impaired breathing.
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