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Why do people get a tracheostomy?

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The reason for a tracheostomy is not being able to get enough air to your lungs. This could be because something in the upper airway blocks the flow of air. Or it may be that nothing blocks the airway, but that you simply can�t draw breath well enough because of a serious illness.

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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