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What is a percutaneous tracheostomy?

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In a percutaneous tracheotomy, the doctor threads a special lens through the mouth to see inside the throat to make a hole in your windpipe with a needle.

SOURCES:

American Thoracic Society: “Tracheostomy in Adults.”

Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria, Australia: “Tracheostomy.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Tracheostomy Service.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tracheostomy.”

Medscape: “Tracheostomy.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Tracheostomy.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on July 13, 2020

SOURCES:

American Thoracic Society: “Tracheostomy in Adults.”

Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria, Australia: “Tracheostomy.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Tracheostomy Service.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tracheostomy.”

Medscape: “Tracheostomy.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Tracheostomy.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on July 13, 2020

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