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What is stridor?

What is stridor?

Airway noise: Stridor usually noise made by air passing through narrowed, obstructed or floppy airway. Stridor can be inspiratory or exhalatory.Most inspiratory stridor is in larynx or proximal trachea. Some exhalatory noise in trachea ususally from soft airway tracheomalacia.Both inspiratory and exhalatory(biphasic) can be in airway just below vocal cords (subglottic trachea).Wheeze sound lower airway asthma ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Noisy High Pitched Breathing (Definition)

Stridor is an abnormal, high-pitched, musical breathing sound caused by a blockage in the throat or voice box (larynx). It is usually heard when ...Read more


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How much should I worry about stridor?

A lot...: True stridor is considered a medical emergently since it represents an airway which is closing. If a patient truly has strider, 911 should be called and the person taken immediately to the nearest er. A tube may need to be placed in the airway so that artificial ventilation can be done while the etiology is diagnosed and treated. Stridor can be life-threatening and even fatal. ...Read more

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Can a person have stridor with a trach?

Complications: Complications related to chronic tracheostomy such as granulation tissue, stenosis , or web will cause stridor following extubation. Airway should be evaluated by imaging or endoscopy before extubating patient to avoid subsequent ventilation problemsl. ...Read more

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What are possible causes for stridor in adults?

Several causes: Toxic gas inhalation,acute epiglottitis,inhaled foreign body laryngeal tumors pharyngeal tumors, paratracheal compression by enlarged lymph nodes, vocal cord palsy, granulation tissue in airway from previous intubation or tracheostomy are few causes. Something that causes partial obstruction to airway. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are some possible causes for stridor in adults?

Some causes: Acute: Airway trauma, laryngitis usually viral, shock or anaphylaxis, aspiration of foreign body, epiglottitis, and inhalation of smoke or noxious materials. Chronic: Laryngeal tumor, chronic infection and granulomatous disease TB, Wegener's, rheumatoid arthritis, extrinsic tumors pressing on airway, chronic intubation. ...Read more

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I started getting stridor a couple of days ago. Will I be back to normal by next week?

I started getting stridor a couple of days ago.  Will I be back to normal by next week?

Have it checked: Stridor is a sign that airflow in the neck is restricted. This could be serious. See your doctor or go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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If you have had stridor after extubation is your chances of it happening again increased?

Quite common: Laryngeal edema is common cause of airway obstruction after extubation in intensive care patients and is thought to arise from direct mechanical trauma to larynx by the endotracheal tube. Sometimes edema associated with difficult intubation. If anatomy different, and intubation continues to be difficult, can have recurrent laryngeal edema. ...Read more

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What are the differences between stridor and wheezing?

What are the differences between stridor and wheezing?

Breathing noises: Stridor noise made by air passing through narrowed, obstructed or floppy airway.Stridor can be inspiratory or exhalatory.Most inspiratory stridor is in larynx/ prox.trachea.Some exhalatory noise in trachea ususally tracheomalacia.Both inspiratory and exhalatory(biphasic) can be in airway just below vocal cords..Wheezing high-pitched whistling sound made while exhaling commonly asthma/bronchiolitis ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with stridor?

Common in children: Croup is common in children 6 months to 6 years during spring and fall, usually caused by virus such as parainfluenza..Croup accounts for 15 percent of respiratory tract infections among children in pediatric practice. ...Read more

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How do they relieve stridor in tracheostomy patient?

How do they relieve stridor in tracheostomy patient?

Trach solves: Stridor is essentially noisy breathing. Usually a tracheotomy bypasses the problem. If the person still has stridor with a trach, as the questioner asks, then there is blockage in the trach. Mucus plug, trach is too small, collapse, granuloma, etc are all common causes of tracheal obstruction. This is not usually called stridor however. The questioner may really be asking why trachs work? ...Read more

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