Top 20 Doctor insights on: Whats the most common cause of airway obstruction
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: One of the mechanisms of hypecapnia is airway obstruction. ...Read more
Chicken bone stuck in throat. No airway obstruction but there was pain. Bread pushed it down, 2 slices. Can it cause internal problems?
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
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
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
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
Multiple: Choking, laryngospasm, and epiglottis is can all cause acute upper airway obstruction that is severe! ...Read more
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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
Clear the arway:
Heimlick or other maneuvers.
Heart will continue for a while after uncontiousness so no need for CPR yet. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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