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A 43-year-old member asked:

does a breathing tube down your throat breathe for you?

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Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Not the tube: The machine (respirator) attached to the breathing tube is set to the appropriate parameters to breathe for you. The oxygen or anesthetic gas goes through the tube to your lungs.
Dr. Michael Wolfe
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: The breathing tube, called an endotracheal tube, goes through your mouth and into your windpipe (trachea). This allows doctors to breathe for you using a ventilator that uses positive pressure to get air into your lungs. You can also get anesthetic gases to help you you asleep.

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