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my mom has copd.she got a trach,been on ventilator for 28 days,and they won't take the feeding tube out to let her eat,but she can swallow fine.why???

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
20 years experience Pediatrics
Complex: For the best answer, ask your mother's physicians because they know the specifics of her case. Generally speaking, it is considered high risk to feed by mouth while on positive pressure ventilation even via trach.
Answered on Feb 3, 2015

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