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Can et tube help if you have upper airway obstruction?
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Dr. Karen Sibert
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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