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.
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