What is the role of surgery in the treatment of bacterial tracheitis?

Updated: Nov 26, 2018
  • Author: Sujatha Rajan, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Tracheostomy is rarely necessary unless injury or trauma to the airway has caused scarring and documented narrowing of the airway. Tracheostomy is necessary if the patient has failed extubations despite appropriate medical management or if intubation is prolonged. Pulmonary toilet is potentially better with tracheostomy.


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