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What is another name for an acute upper airway obstruction?

What is another name for an acute upper airway obstruction?

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 cause obstruction to inhalation in the upper part of the throat. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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Larynx Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that blocks the lumen of the airway at the larynx level, is called laryngeal obstruction, or vocal cords. Mucous can be cleared with suction or spitting it out. Swelling and edema can occur when people have infection of these structures or one has a breathing tube put in their airway for breathing. Scarring can occur that can block the airway if one is ...Read more


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I have upper airway obstruction, what to do?

I have upper airway obstruction, what to do?

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 intervention and management can be advised. Make an appointment today. ...Read more

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Can et tube help if you have upper airway obstruction?

Yes!: An endotracheal tube is one of the ways that upper airway obstruction can be managed in an emergency, because it goes into the windpipe (trachea) and provides a route for air exchange. However, it's important to identify the cause of the obstruction: obesity, sleep apnea, enlarged tonsils, cancer, or a large thyroid gland are among possible causes. Finding and treating the cause is key. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have undetected airway obstruction?

How do I know if I have undetected airway obstruction?

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 necessarily diagnostic. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Airway obstruction?

What is the definition or description of: Airway obstruction?

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 scar tissue blocking the airflow. ...Read more

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Are there other types of ways of dying from airway obstruction?

Are there other types of ways of dying from airway obstruction?

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 these organs such as by a large blood clot or cancer or strangulation. And then there COPD which is obstruction at the lower part of the airway where the alveoli and bronchioles are. It would help if you were more specific. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of airway obstruction in a toddler?

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 problem or call 911 , he can collapse and die. This is an emergency ! ...Read more

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Is it best to immediately ventilate a person with a severe airway obstruction?

Is it best to immediately ventilate a person with a severe airway obstruction?

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 a COPD ptn goes on a vent, it is very difficult to wean off. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with chronic airway obstruction. What is this?

Just diagnosed with chronic airway obstruction. What is this?

Question: Was the diagnosis COPD (chronic obstructive airway disease) or airway obstruction of the sleep apnea type because each of these is different and requires different treament and the pathogenesis is different. Copd is commonly smoking related (although not always) and sleep apnea is related to redundancy and/or excess tissue in the oral airway. ...Read more

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When victim of foreign body airway obstruction becomes unresponsive what is the next step? Cpr?

When victim of foreign body airway obstruction becomes unresponsive what is the next step? Cpr?

Clear the arway: Heimlick or other maneuvers. Heart will continue for a while after uncontiousness so no need for CPR yet. ...Read more

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What's the difference between COPD and chronic airway obstruction?

What's the difference between COPD and chronic airway obstruction?

Category...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is one disease that causes chronic airway obstruction. Chronic airway obstruction is a more general category and there are other pulmonary disease that also cause chronic airway obstruction, like bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, etc. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How does airway obstruction happen in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

How does airway obstruction happen in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Loss of elasticity: Tobacco and chronic inflammation destroy elastin, which results in small and medium airway collapse with exhalation. ...Read more

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A surgical correction [CTR] is possible fix for airway obstruction necess. trach, how soon do you rec doing this major surgery with high risk of complications?

A surgical correction [CTR] is possible fix for airway obstruction necess. trach, how soon do you rec doing this major surgery with high risk of complications?

When it's safe: Your question is a little confusing. Not sure what ctr is. Anytime the benefits outweigh the risks, that's the time to do the intervention, whether it be surgery or medications. The airway is the most important of all body functions. Without a patent airway, nothing else works. If there is an obstructed airway, then the sooner a procedure to correct this is done, then the better. ...Read more

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My mom was just been diagnosed with chronic airway obstruction. What does this mean?

My mom was just been diagnosed with chronic airway obstruction. What does this mean?

It depends: What are her other health problems? Chronic airway obstruction can be caused by copd, chronic bronchitis, sleep apnea, morbid obesity, or other factors. The treatment would depend on the underlying cause. Even a very enlarged thyroid gland can lead to airway obstruction. Treatment and prognosis depend on exactly what your mother's problems are. ...Read more

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Why is it recommended to insert something into the mouth to prevent airway obstruction and biting?

Why is it recommended to insert something into the mouth to prevent airway obstruction and biting?

Old school : This is an old answer to an old problem. Current training is to role the patient to thier side and keep their airway open and keep it clear of obstruction. A chin lift head tilt is also reccomended to open the airway. ...Read more

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My mom has just been diagnosed with chronic airway obstruction. What is this from--smoking?

My mom has just been diagnosed with chronic airway obstruction. What is this from--smoking?

COPD: COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may be caused by smoking about 90% of the time. There are other less common causes. Nevertheless, someone diagnosed with COPD can and is medically recommended to stop smoking to help slow the progression of the disease. ...Read more

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As I know the apnea's root cause is not only from the airway obstruction, but from my brain which does not send orders to breathe. Is that true?

As I know the apnea's root cause is not only from the airway obstruction, but from my brain which does not send orders to breathe. Is that true?

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 patient. It can be seen in normal patients with transitions from one stage of sleep to the next. Csa is common in patients with heart disease and/or stroke. Obstructive apnea (osa) is where the airway collapses. Mixed apnea is a combination of osa/csa. ...Read more

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Airway obstruction from forward head posture, rounded shoulders, & musculoskeletal tension. How do I reverse this? Other symptoms are reflux & fatigue

Airway obstruction from forward head posture, rounded shoulders, & musculoskeletal tension. How do I reverse this? Other symptoms are reflux & fatigue

Depends: The shape of your chest and the posture of your neck will change when you have respiratory distress. When you are not in a crisis, physical therapy can assist you with postural exercises and strengthening the overstretched muscles. Good luck with your treatments. Set aside time every morning to do the exercises and stretches. ...Read more

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Why does airway obstruction in chronic lung disease lead to hypercapnia?

Why does airway obstruction in chronic lung disease lead to hypercapnia?

Not alwasy: The more inefficient the damaged lung becomes at eliminating co2 the more you have to work to breath and the more work the more co2 you make. Once co2 is up for a period of time your body stops responding to theco2 &switches to o2 for the drive. Thus co2 rises even more as the body stops response to co2. This makes o2 dangerous to use. Most COPD get no rise in co2. You need a blood test to know. ...Read more

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Chicken bone stuck in throat. no airway obstruction but there was pain. bread pushed it down, 2 slices. can it cause internal problems?

Chicken bone stuck in throat. no airway obstruction but there was pain. bread pushed it down, 2 slices. can it cause internal problems?

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 probably be digested but if not, it shouldn't have any problems travelling the rest of the way through you. ...Read more

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My post BD test showed small airway obstruction. My dr Rx Advair & treat it asthma. Only symptom is 6-month-long chronic dry cough. Could this be related to lung nodules previously found on CT instead of asthma?

My post BD test showed small airway obstruction. My dr Rx Advair & treat it asthma. Only symptom is 6-month-long chronic dry cough. Could this be related to lung nodules previously found on CT instead of asthma?

Mgt.: It would be helpful to know the actual percent predicted values on the PFTs report, but from your description you did improve with the bronchodilator. Your physician has prescribed a long acting bronchodilator and anti inflammatory agent. The CT finding of nodules, may be related to a number of conditions, but it would be less usual for asthma. A chest radiograph and follow up may be indicated. ...Read more

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What can I do if i woke up with an obstructed airway?

If you mean: After an anesthetic, it will be managed by your anesthesiologist. Be sure to discuss anesthetic options with him that either avoid or minimize the need for medications that effect breathing and strength. ...Read more

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How do you know if an unconscious person has an obstructed airway?

How do you know if an unconscious person has an obstructed airway?

ACLS: Heimlich maneuver and checking in the mouth of an unconscious person for a foreign object are standard part of bls/acls. Generally, if you cannot ventilate them during resuscitation, that may be a sign of an obstructed airway. ...Read more

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neck pain headache,throat pain severe when lying down esp throat feels like obstruction. sudden onset of cold symptoms last wk symptoms worsen daily

neck pain headache,throat pain severe when lying down esp throat feels like obstruction.  sudden onset of cold symptoms last wk symptoms worsen daily

Seasonal flu: is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Antibiotics do not help. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve, Advil) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP for examination. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Larynx obstruction?

What is the definition or description of: Larynx obstruction?

Larynx obstruction: Anything that blocks the lumen of the airway at the larynx level, is called laryngeal obstruction, or vocal cords. Mucous can be cleared with suction or spitting it out. Swelling and edema can occur when people have infection of these structures or one has a breathing tube put in their airway for breathing. Scarring can occur that can block the airway if one is not careful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is chronic obstruction airways disease a progressive illness?

Is chronic obstruction airways disease a progressive illness?

Yes: Medical treatment can slow the progression of the disease and improve symptoms, but if you are a smoker and have copd, stop smoking now, it's the best thing you can do! ...Read more

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Why do we consider emphysema as a chronic obstructive airway diseasesince there is no obstruction occurring ?

Why do we consider emphysema as a chronic obstructive airway diseasesince there is  no obstruction occurring ?

There is obstruction: Most patients with significant emphysema do have airflow obstruction, in fact severe airflow obstruction. With emphysema you get collapse of all the small airways in the lung and the airflow is trapped and therefore obstructed. ...Read more

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Can an oral surgeon see if there is any obstruction in the airways from martial arts facial impact? (ie kick to face)

Can an oral surgeon see if there is any obstruction in the airways from martial arts facial impact? (ie kick to face)

Facial trauma. : If you’re suspecting facial trauma, you might be better served by an evaluation by an ENT physician. ...Read more

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What is a chronic airways obstruction?

2 types: Maybe more but one is chronic obstructive that you see in emphysema (COPD) and another type is rare but is where a physical obstruction such as a tumor is blocking the airway. Most chronic obstr is due to genetic or smoking related or other environmental factors that break down good lung tissue and replace it with scar tissue. ...Read more

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Can you treat chronic airway obstruction with antibiotics? Which one?

Not usually: People who have COPD are usually treated with long -acting bronchodialators and/or steroid meds. I suppose if there was any bacterial infection involved as well that they would be on some type of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is small airway disease showing obstruction in the small airways the same as copd, asthma or something else? Prognosis?

Is small airway disease showing obstruction in the small airways the same as copd, asthma or something else? Prognosis?

Asthma: In the past small airways disease did not have its own code but listed under asthma. It is almost like in between the reactive airways and asthma, showing up mainly when someone has a trigger like an upper respiratory infection or bronchitis. It may not show the same inflammatory reaction in blood tests like asthma, but is seen in the pft as reversible process like asthma. ...Read more

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Just had a pft and was told that I have small airway disease showing obstructions in my small airways. What does that mean? I.E. Asthma or COPD or something else? Born at 27.5 weeks and on vent as baby.

Just had a pft and was told that I have small airway disease showing obstructions in my small airways. What does that mean? I.E. Asthma or COPD or something else? Born at 27.5 weeks and on vent as baby.

Asthma: The most typical reason for "small airway" disease in someone young is asthma or viral infection. Prematures can also have chronic lung disease and it is possible for those changes to be permanent. If you have asthma (and probably even if you have chronic lung disease from being premature) you can improve your lung function with appropriate therapy. Pulmonary anti-inflammatory therapies are key. ...Read more

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Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more