Top 20 Doctor insights on: Whats the most common cause of airway obstruction

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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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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?

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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I have upper airway obstruction, what to do?

I have upper airway obstruction, what to do?

It would be: Reasonable to be seen by an ENT or Pulmonary specialist in order to define the exact nature of your upper airway obstruction. Then appropriate intervention and management can be advised. Make an appointment today. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of airway obstruction in a toddler?

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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How to know what is another name for acute upper airway obstruction?

Multiple: Choking, laryngospasm, and epiglottis is can all cause acute upper airway obstruction that is severe! ...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?

One kind: COPD is one form of chronic airway obstruction. Asthma, chronic bronchitis, obliterative bronchiolitis, small airway disease, bronchiectasis, etc. Etc are other forms. ...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

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Can et tube help if you have upper airway obstruction?

Yes!: An endotracheal tube is one of the ways that upper airway obstruction can be managed in an emergency, because it goes into the windpipe (trachea) and provides a route for air exchange. However, it's important to identify the cause of the obstruction: obesity, sleep apnea, enlarged tonsils, cancer, or a large thyroid gland are among possible causes. Finding and treating the cause is key. ...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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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)

This refers to how the teeth come together. There are 3 classifications: normal or class i, an excessive overbite or class ii, and an ...Read more