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If a child with trach had an open enough airway to breathe past their short trach, wouldn't most of their exhale go thru their uppr airway, not trach?
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Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics
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In brief: Could be, but...
The trach also shortens the length of passage the air has to travel, which decreases the work of breathing, giving your child more calories to use to grow.

In brief: Could be, but...
The trach also shortens the length of passage the air has to travel, which decreases the work of breathing, giving your child more calories to use to grow.
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Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
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In brief: Not always
The trach is the path of least resistance and people with good upper airways will often use the trach pathway.
Also, the diameter of the trach takes up part, or a lot of the airway and can force the person not to breath through the upper airway.

In brief: Not always
The trach is the path of least resistance and people with good upper airways will often use the trach pathway.
Also, the diameter of the trach takes up part, or a lot of the airway and can force the person not to breath through the upper airway.
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