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Why might a patient be unable to eat after a tracheostomy?

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Dr. Eduardo Haddad
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: Dysphagia

Frequently a tracheostomy is performed to protect the air way in patients that do not recover full consciousness following a stroke or other severe neurological insult to the brain and in that case the process of swallowing is also impaired.
The tracheostomy will serve to prevent aspiration of saliva and other secretions into the lungs but will not normalize swallowing in this instace.

In brief: Dysphagia

Frequently a tracheostomy is performed to protect the air way in patients that do not recover full consciousness following a stroke or other severe neurological insult to the brain and in that case the process of swallowing is also impaired.
The tracheostomy will serve to prevent aspiration of saliva and other secretions into the lungs but will not normalize swallowing in this instace.
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