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What is the cause of an elongated uvula after surgery?

What is the cause of an elongated uvula after surgery?

Uvula: Your uvula was probably irritated by the endotracheal (breathing) tube during surgery which caused it to become swollen and possibly elongated. It should go away on its own. ...Read more

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My daughter had surgery on Tuesday and now has an elongated uvula causing her distress. What can be done to help her and when will it return to normal?

My daughter had surgery on Tuesday and now has an elongated uvula causing her distress. What can be done to help her and when will it return to normal?

Try cold water: Assuming the surgery did not directly involve the oropharynx or uvula: it is not uncommon to have an elongated or very swollen uvula, depending on whether it is inflamed, or viral infected, or irritated from intubation, for example. Do not be alarmed if there is not trouble breathing. Have her drink cold water several times, take Benadryl and Motrin as directed. Likely resolve in 1-2 days. ...Read more

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Why does my uvula look white on the part dangling? Had outpatient surgery last week.

Why does my uvula look white on the part dangling? Had outpatient surgery last week.

Irritated: Sometimes the uvula gets irritated when a breathing tube presses on it during surgery. You can gargle with warm salty water to help. Chlorasceptic mouth spray can help with pain. Will take about 2 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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Could removing the entire uvula as part of snooring surgery cause increased choaking when eating ?

Snoring surgery: I am a dentist and i can tell you first hand sinc i had that done, it will not cause choking when eating but it will make it easier for you to choke on things while eating. You need to be careful, take your time and decrease the size of the bolus of food that you intake. I have had many instances where food while get into the back of my throat and I have a coughing fit. Take you time u will b ok. ...Read more

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Wife had surgery and her uvula is hanging long and is white on the tip and now she has problems swallowing. Female age 49

If : If your wife had surgery with general anaesthesia, and the findings you describe were noted after the surgery, most likely there was some minor trauma incurred during the intubation while placing the breathing tube. This usually is self-limited, and requires only symptomatic comfort measures. Any persistent problems should be evaluated by an ENT specialist. Understand that I am speculating without the benefit of examination. ...Read more

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What might be the cause of throat bleeding and split uvula during placement of tracheal tube during surgery?

What might be the cause of throat bleeding and split uvula during placement of tracheal tube during surgery?

Traumatic intubation: Airway management carries certain risk, such as trauma like you describe. Make sure your surgeon is aware and monitors your progress through this complication. ...Read more

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I have an elongated uvula. I've been having cough and catarrh after a week in a very dusty camp site. How do I treat?

I have an elongated uvula.  I've been having cough and catarrh after a week in a very dusty camp site. How do I treat?

Nasal Allergies: OTC antihistamines; two quarts of water per day; and removing yourself from the offending environmental allergenic stimulus. Time to have your ENT specialist evaluate this problem. ...Read more

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