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Tracheostomy - series

Indications

Indications

Overview

The indications for tracheostomy include:

  • prolonged intubation during the course of a critical illness
  • subglottic stenosis from prior trauma
  • obstruction from obesity for sleep apnea
  • congenital (inherited) abnormality of the larynx or trachea
  • severe neck or mouth injuries
  • inhalation of corrosive material smoke or steam
  • presence of a large foreign body that occludes the airway
  • paralysis of the muscles that affect swallowing causing a danger of aspiration
  • long term unconsciousness or coma

Update Date 1/1/2013

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