A 40-year-old member asked:
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can scar tissue from a tracheotomy cause respiratory problems and epiglotitis many years later?

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Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Respiratory prob yes: Scarring in the upper trachea can cause respiratory problems later on especially in the face of infection. As far as epiglottitis there should not be any association.
Answered on Jul 25, 2012

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