central airway obstruction


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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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Mehta, "Central airway obstruction," American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, vol.
Central airway obstruction can result from a variety of disease processes and is a significant cause of mortality [1].
Although long procedure time was required as compared to a previous report using argon plasma coagulation [8], hot biopsy forceps can be an option as an interventional device for central airway obstruction.

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