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What happens if water enters a trach?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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In brief: Depends on amount

If small amount of h2o goes down the wrong tube (trachea instead of esophagus), the healthy person can cough it up.
If very weak from a diseae or being frail and elderly, then even small amounts can be be difficult to clear, and aspiration of the fluid may result. If a large amount of water fill the lung and prevent air exchange at the alveoli, could lead to death by drowning.

In brief: Depends on amount

If small amount of h2o goes down the wrong tube (trachea instead of esophagus), the healthy person can cough it up.
If very weak from a diseae or being frail and elderly, then even small amounts can be be difficult to clear, and aspiration of the fluid may result. If a large amount of water fill the lung and prevent air exchange at the alveoli, could lead to death by drowning.
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