central airway obstruction


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Related to central airway obstruction: Foreign Body Airway Obstruction

central airway obstruction

Compression of the upper airways by a tumor, esp. lung cancer, or a goiter; inhalation of a foreign body into the airway; or narrowing of the trachea by a stricture or tracheomalacia or bronchiomalacia. It is a potentially life-threatening condition that in many cases requires bronchoscopy to clear the airway, often followed by placement of a stent.
See also: obstruction
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