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What is the purpose of the cartilage rings of trachea and bronchi

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anifat Balogun
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Support: The tracheal and bronchial cartilage rings help support air exchange as you breathe in and out and the lungs inflate and deflate. Prevents collapse an ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
16 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Support: The cartilage rings (which aren't really rings because they don't go all the way around) give support to the trachea so it doesn't collapse during res ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
16 years experience Pulmonology
Yes: The anterior (front) wall and side walls of your trachea and supported by rings made of cartilage.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
54 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
2 keep the airway-: -from collapsing. There's a tendency for it 2 collapse if they were not there. This is 2 counteract Burnullies principal, which also is used by airpla ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
39 years experience Hand Surgery
Structural support: Act as structural support to keep the bronchus open when creating negative pressure on inspiration, and stable on expiration with increase positive pr ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Oswari
24 years experience Family Medicine
Keep clear airways: It is simply to keep the airways clear for breathing, and to prevent aspiration.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
23 years experience Family Medicine
Meniscus - surgery: You are quoting detailed anatomy inside the knee, likely from an MRI report. It describes a tear in the meniscus cartilage, which lines the inside of ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Time to see one's Dr: This is why people have primary care doctors, and why they go to see their primary care doctors. The doctor can evaluate a problem, and if unable to r ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elise Sadoun
14 years experience Family Medicine
Pulmonary: A pulmonary specialist can do a test called a bronchoscopy, in which a camera is placed into your trachea and lungs. Good luck.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
It probably won't...: There is no cartilage in the esophagus, nor does the upper GI endoscope come in contact with the larynx or trachea. What symptoms are you experiencing ... Read More

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