Search Encyclopedia:    
List of Topics Print This Page
 


Tracheostomy - series - Indications

  
Indications

The indications for tracheostomy include:

  • prolonged intubation during the course of a critical illness
  • subglottic stenosis from prior trauma
  • obstruction from obesity for sleep apnea
  • congenital (inherited) abnormality of the larynx or trachea
  • severe neck or mouth injuries
  • inhalation of corrosive material smoke or steam
  • presence of a large foreign body that occludes the airway
  • paralysis of the muscles that affect swallowing causing a danger of aspiration
  • long term unconsciousness or coma


Review Date: 1/1/2013
Reviewed By: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. Copyright 2002 A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.


Related Links
Request an Appointment Online or call
1-800-789-PENN (7366)
   
   

 

About UPHS   Contact Us   Site Map   Privacy Statement   Legal Disclaimer   Terms of Use

The University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA 1-800-789-PENN © 2014, The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania