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tracheotomy

I need to know after a tracheotomy has been performed what implications does this have on respiration?  How does this change inhalation, exhalation, gas exchange, and the muscles and structures involoved?
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A temporary tracheotomy improves gas exchange and reduces the work of breathing.  There are no long lasting consequences unless one develops a tracheal stricture at the site of the tracheotomy.

A permanent tracheotomy accomplishes the same thing physiologically, but with the unfiltered entry of ambient air into the lungs it predisposes to infection.  There is no significant impact on either the tissues, including muscles, or the trachea except, again, an increased risk of stricture.
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