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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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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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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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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?

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

Dr. Mark Gujer
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Upper Airway Obstruction (Definition)

Airway obstruction is a symptom in which a person has partial or complete blockage of his airway, which is the path the air takes during his breathing. The airway is from the nose and mouth all the way down into the lungs. Obstruction can occur anywhere along the path, depending on what ...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