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Could being on a breathing tube for a month cause damage to your breathing?

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Dr. Craig Brown
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Mech. Ventilation

When you require mechanical ventilation to assist with breathing for a prolonged periods of time, there are clearly compromises in your pulmonary function.
Some say that these compromises are irreversible based on past medical history. After prolonged ventilation, it is recommended to increased ability to exercise (rehab) as soon as possible. Unfortunately, some patients don't return to baseline.

In brief: Mech. Ventilation

When you require mechanical ventilation to assist with breathing for a prolonged periods of time, there are clearly compromises in your pulmonary function.
Some say that these compromises are irreversible based on past medical history. After prolonged ventilation, it is recommended to increased ability to exercise (rehab) as soon as possible. Unfortunately, some patients don't return to baseline.
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Dr. Mark Gujer
Anesthesiology

In brief: Damage

To the trachea can also occur from the cuff of the breathing tube.
It is for this reason that tracheostomy is advised if separation from a ventilator is not accomplished in about 1 week. This allows pulmonary exercise and easier separation from mechanical support. The tracheostomy can always be reversed when no longer needed.

In brief: Damage

To the trachea can also occur from the cuff of the breathing tube.
It is for this reason that tracheostomy is advised if separation from a ventilator is not accomplished in about 1 week. This allows pulmonary exercise and easier separation from mechanical support. The tracheostomy can always be reversed when no longer needed.
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