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Diagnosis and management of upper airway obstruction.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinics in chest medicine
Publication Date
Volume
15
Issue
1
Pages
35–53
Identifiers
PMID: 8200192
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Upper airway obstruction is a potentially fatal condition that requires prompt diagnosis and treatment. Common causes include foreign body aspiration, infections (even in the adult population) and sequelae of intubation, tracheostomy, and transtracheal oxygen catheters. Spirometry is an insensitive test for diagnosing upper airway obstruction and reflects the functional, rather than anatomic, severity of an obstruction. Although simple tomography still plays an important role, CT and magnetic resonance imaging scans are useful additions to our diagnostic armamentarium. Advances in laser technology, surgery, and bronchoscopy have broadened treatment options but require further evaluation.

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