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[Expanded palliative indications for transtracheal oxygen administration].

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Pneumologie (Stuttgart, Germany)
Publication Date
Volume
52
Issue
11
Pages
635–638
Identifiers
PMID: 9885513
Source
Medline

Abstract

Transtracheal oxygen therapy (TTOT) is applied particularly to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We treated four patients in a preterminal stage of their disease, the primary diagnoses being pulmonary fibrosis and bronchoalveolic carcinoma. Oxygen administered by nasal delivery devices had been inefficient in all patients. TTOT reduced dyspnoea, improved exercise tolerance and reduced hospital stay. We conclude that TTOT has a potential for being medically beneficial in a preterminal stage of pulmonary fibrosis and carcinoma.

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