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how can nasal intubation work?

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Dr. Ionel Rad
Dr. Ionel Rad answered
17 years experience Anesthesiology
Easy: Tubes into the windpipe can be placed both through the mouth or through the nose. The tubes are from plastic and they can be placed through the nose with minimal damage.
Answered on Feb 20, 2014
Dr. Karen Sibert
39 years experience Anesthesiology
Very well!: Sometimes a breathing tube needs to be placed through the nose when surgery is done on the jaw or facial bones, for example. The tube is gently introduced through the nose down into the windpipe (trachea) to help the pt breathe during surgery. It works the same way as a tube put in via the mouth to provide an airway for a pt under anesthesia.
Answered on Mar 18, 2014
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