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What`s different between tracheostomy , tracheotomy and surgical


thanx in advance


"tracheostomy" is opening an airway through the trachea usually below the level of the thyroid gland isthmus , and these days it is usually done as an elective operation as emergency tracheostomy operation is almost obsolete
for USMLE "tracheostomy" is not a good answer for securing an airway in emergency as "cricothyroidotomy or laryngosotomy is an alternative name" is better option to secure an emergency airway and it is opening an airway through the cricothyroid membrane which is above the isthmus of the thyroid gland and below the adam's apple which is used as surface landmark
a third way of surgical airway is "percutaneous tracheostomy" or percuatneous transtracheal ventilation which can be used in emergency but isn't good operation as cricothyroidotomy


thanks Dude...wink



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under previous lectures select airway management


A tracheostomy provides an air passage to help you breathe when the usual route for breathing is somehow obstructed or impaired. A tracheostomy is often needed when health problems require long-term use of a machine (ventilator) to help you breathe.

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