Flashcards in Airway obstruction Deck (9)
Why are babies obligate nasal breathers?
The epiglottis sits at the same level as the palate, enables them to breath whilst breastfeeding.
Why are babies at an increased risk of an airway obstruction?
They have a small soft larynx
Epiglottis is not rigid
The smaller the diameter of the airway, the lower the resistance so decreases the work of breathing. T/F
The smaller the diameter of the airway
The larger the resistance
So increases the work of breathing
List some causes of airway obstruction
Inflammatory Infective Allergic
What is stertor?
Low pitched sound arising from partially blocked supra glottis.
What is sub glottal stenosis?
Congenital narrowing of to sub glottis
What is adult sub glottal stenosis linked to ?
Small vessel vasculitis or sarcoidosis
If a women in her 40s presents with sub glottal stenosis what is the likely aetiology?