One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An incision in the windpipe made to relieve an obstruction to breathing.
- ‘Seventeen of the patients had a tracheostomy for airway obstruction.’
- ‘In some cases, such as when the swollen epiglottis blocks the windpipe, a tracheostomy may be performed.’
- ‘Longer-term help with breathing may require a tracheotomy.’
- ‘In severe problem patients a tracheotomy or surgical opening (temporary or permanent) above the Adams apple is needed.’
- ‘All tracheotomies were operative tracheotomies, and no percutaneous dilatational tracheostomies were performed.’
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