Acute airway obstruction occurs when there is a blockage in the airway, which can partially or totally prevent air from reaching the lungs.
This can happen if your child:
Other causes of acute airway obstruction include:
Symptoms of acute airway obstruction include:
Doctors at Riley at IU Health can usually diagnose an airway obstruction by evaluating the symptoms. Sometimes, your child's doctor will order one or more of the following tests:
An acute airway obstruction should be treated quickly so your child’s breathing is not inhibited for a long period of time.
Treatment of an acute airway obstruction depends on its cause. Possible treatments include:
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Read more about blockage of the upper airway on this U.S. National Library of Medicine website.
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