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Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2009 Feb;42(1):133-41, x. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2008.09.002.

Tracheostomy in palliative care.

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Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, D608 Collamore, 88 East Newton Street, Boston, MA 02118, USA.

Abstract

The use of tracheostomy in palliative care offers a viable option for airway control. Through a dialogue with the patient, family, and a multidisciplinary set of providers, this procedure can be a useful component to a patient's overall palliative care plan. The authors discuss techniques for placing a tracheostomy tube and indications for placement in palliative care for alleviation of chronic and acute symptoms.

PMID:
19134496
DOI:
10.1016/j.otc.2008.09.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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