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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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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


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

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 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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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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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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Is it unsafe to get tonsil/adenoidectomy & septo/rhinoplasty at sametime only under local anesthesia? Airway obstruction/bleeding?

Is it unsafe to get tonsil/adenoidectomy & septo/rhinoplasty at sametime only under local anesthesia? Airway obstruction/bleeding?

Unsafe: Not only is it unsafe because of the risks of airway obstruction and bleeding. The surgeon would never be able to make sure there was no bleeding as you would be unable to hold still. The pain and pressure in the back of you throat would be unbearable. The septoplasty could be done with just sedation, but not the tonsils. ...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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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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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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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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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

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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

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


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Occlusion (Definition)

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