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What happens when water enters a tracheostomy?
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Coughing
It is the same as if water just "goes down the wrong way.
" the patient will cough and clear the water.

In brief: Coughing
It is the same as if water just "goes down the wrong way.
" the patient will cough and clear the water.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Aspiration
A trachesotomy is an opening (ostomy) in the front of the neck that connects your windpipe (trachea) to the outside world directly.
They can be temporary or permanent. If water enters a tracheostomy, coughing due to bronchospasm will occur as a protective mechanism can occur. Significant amount can lead to an aspiration pneumonia. If enough water enters, it can lead to drowning and death.

In brief: Aspiration
A trachesotomy is an opening (ostomy) in the front of the neck that connects your windpipe (trachea) to the outside world directly.
They can be temporary or permanent. If water enters a tracheostomy, coughing due to bronchospasm will occur as a protective mechanism can occur. Significant amount can lead to an aspiration pneumonia. If enough water enters, it can lead to drowning and death.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
Dr. Dennis Diaz
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Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
In brief: Could drown
A little water can be coughed out or suctioned. A lot could kill.

In brief: Could drown
A little water can be coughed out or suctioned. A lot could kill.
Dr. James Sidman
Dr. James Sidman
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