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whats the most common cause of airway obstruction

A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Mann
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Apnea: Its true that some people have an element of what is called central apnea. They may have both central and obstructive sleep apnea. In most cases, o ... Read More
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Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Apnea comes in three varieties: central sleep apnea (csa) - the brain tells the body to stop breathing. This is not common in a normal, healthy patien ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: One of the mechanisms of hypecapnia is airway obstruction.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Ziegler
29 years experience Emergency Medicine
No worries: Human beings have been swallowing bones since they first incorporated meat into their diet. If it was small enough to get down you esophagus it will p ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
See below: Do you wheeze at times? Find it difficult to exhale? Cough, especially with exposures or exertion? Get a spirometry, or pfts, though they may not be n ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Stachler
30 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Airway obstruction: Airway obstruction is anything that blocks the airway and impairs breathing. It can be mucous, a foreign body, a mass or growth, airway collapse, ir ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
38 years experience Anesthesiology
Yes and more so: Depends on which kind of obstruction you mean. There is intrinsic, inside the airway(larynx, trachea, bronchus) and extrinsic which is compression of ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Many factors: Will be considered in determining mechanical ventilatory needs. However, depending on the severity of copd, we try not to unless all else fails. Once ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Friedlander
41 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
It would be: reasonable to be seen by an ENT or Pulmonary specialist in order to define the exact nature of your upper airway obstruction. Then appropriate interve ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION: The toddler will show difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or gasping for air. He will be restless and become cyanotic and if nobody notice the p ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Stridor: Stridor is when there is swelling at or just above the larynx causing obstruction to inhalation. Stertor is when the tongue or upper throat tissues ca ... Read More

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