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What is tracheomalacia?

What is tracheomalacia?

Tracheomalacia: Tracheomalacia is the collapsing of the trachea (the tube that brings air from the back of the throat to the lungs) with breathing in (inspiration). The front part of the trachea has hard cartilage, and the back a soft membrane. In patients with emphysema or other conditions, that soft part can collapse with inspiration causing a partial obstruction and difficulties breathing. ...Read more

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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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What causes and what is tracheal malacia?

What causes and what is tracheal malacia?

Floppy airway: Tracheomalacia is a condition where the trachea (windpipe) collapses too easily, usually causing more trouble with expiration (or breathing out) it can have various causes including previous heart or chest surgery, prematurity, or can be a primary problem symptoms are noisy breathing, harsh brassy cough, sometimes "dying spells" should be diagnosed with a bronchoscopy. ...Read more

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What is bronchiolitis?

What is bronchiolitis?

Lung infection: Bronchiolitis is an infection of the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs (bronchioles). The small airways become inflamed, swollen and filled with mucus. This can lead to breathing difficulty. It is caused by viruses such as RSV and influenza. It is more common in children under age 2 and peaks at 3-6 months of age. ...Read more

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What is bronchiolitis?

What is bronchiolitis?

Infant infection: Bronchiolitis is a condition of the lungs in infants. It is caused by a viral illness, RSV as an example, that causes inflammation (swelling) in the lung tissues. A baby often has a runny nose and cough, with a faster breathing rate. Time is usually the cure but some episodes can worsen, requiring medication and occasional hospitalization. ...Read more

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What is orotracheally?

What  is orotracheally?

Definition: Definition of orotracheal: relating to or being intubation of the trachea by way of the mouth. ...Read more

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What is wheeze?

What is wheeze?

A wheeze: Is a high pitched "whistle" caused by OBSTRUCTION of your AIR PASSAGES. Asthma or Asthmatic Bronchitis are the most common causes. Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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What is wheezing?

What is wheezing?

Breathing noise: Wheezing typically refers to the high-pitched noise heard when air is forced through narrowed lower airways during asthma. Pprimarily on exhale when mild, then also on inspiration when airways are tighter. At its worst, air hardly moves: thus no wheezing at all, an ominous sign, and is an emergency. Wheezing is not stridor (upper airway) nor sonorous rhonchi (larger airways). Experts can sort out. ...Read more

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What is bronchoectastis?

What is bronchoectastis?

Airways: Destruction and widening of airways. Can be caused by infection, genetic conditions, toxic exposure and fibrotic lung dzz, some immune deficiencies as well. ...Read more

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What is croup?

What is croup?

A Cold Varient: A classic sound described as a seal bark or dog bark. Usually worse at nite and 1st thing in the morning. It can be confirmed by your pediatrician. Learn to ignore the sound, but judge the severity by the discomfort of the child. Mild discomfort may respond to steaming the bathroom or a walk outside. More severe breathing trouble needs seen ASAP in the local ER. The root infection is a cold virus. ...Read more

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What is croup?

What is croup?

Seal Bark: Croup is an inflammation and swelling of the trachea (windpipe) and larynx (voice box). It is usually caused by a virus and lasts 5-6 days. Croup is common during the winter and spring and typically affects children age five or younger. Children typically develop a croupy seal- like barky cough. If more severe, a child will develop stridor (a raspy breath) when breathing in. ...Read more

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What is a tracheotomy?

What is a tracheotomy?

Access: Tracheotomy is the procedure of accessing the trachea usually to establish a more direct airway in case of emergency upper airway blockage or the need for long term ventilation. This hole then can be site of tracheostomy tube for bentilation and suctioning of airway and even bronchoscopy at times. Can now be done open or percutaneously. ...Read more

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What is keratomalacia?

What is keratomalacia?

Keratomalacia: Keratomalacia is a non-specific term for thinning of the cornea. If you have this, you need close followup with your eye doctor. ...Read more

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What is bronchospasm?

What is bronchospasm?

Airway tightening: In broncospasm the air tubes in the lung constrict(get smaller) often in response to an allergen like smoke or pollen. Avoid tobacco smoke as much as possible! ...Read more

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What is dysphagia?

What is dysphagia?

Dysphagia: Dysphagia means difficulty swallowing. There are many different causes. This does not include painful swallow, which goes by the term odynophagia. ...Read more

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What is hypotonia?

What is hypotonia?

Low muscle tone: Think 2 bungee cords, one that is firm & bounces back quick & another that is loose & barely has any bounce in it. You can tell when you feel the cord which is sturdier. When a persons muscle tone is low, you can feel it when you massage the muscle.They will often appear weaker & have problems with posture and alignment. The athlete with good muscle tone has firm mucles that react well. ...Read more

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What is gastroschesis?

What is gastroschesis?

Gastroschisis: Is a birth defect in which an infant's intestines stick out of the body through a defect on one side of the umbilical cord. ...Read more

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What is bronchitis?

What is bronchitis?

Two types...: There are 2 types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is usually due to an infection in the airways whereas chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and is typically from smoking. The treatments are different as well so see your doctor if you think you may have a form of bronchitis. ...Read more

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