Asked by: Emanuela Cevallos
asked in category: General Last Updated: 24th April, 2020

What is a stridor breathing?

Stridor is a high-pitched, wheezing sound caused by disrupted airflow. Stridor may also be called musical breathing or extrathoracic airway obstruction. Airflow is usually disrupted by a blockage in the larynx (voice box) or trachea (windpipe). Stridor affects children more often than adults.

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Beside this, what is the treatment for stridor?

Treatment for stridor involves identifying and treating the underlying cause of the airway obstruction.

After finding the cause, a doctor can recommend the right treatment, such as:

  • oral or injectable medications to reduce airway swelling.
  • surgery to remove or repair obstructions.
  • surgery to expand the airways.

Beside above, is stridor life threatening? Stridor is a noisy or high-pitched sound with breathing. It is usually caused by a blockage or narrowing in your child's upper airway. If left untreated, stridor can block the child's airway. This can be life-threatening or even cause death.

what is the difference between a wheeze and stridor?

Wheezes are defined as high-pitched, continuous, adventitious lung sounds. They are produced by oscillation of opposing airway walls whose lumen is narrowed. Stridor is a special kind of wheeze described as a loud musical sound of constant pitch, which is heard in patients with tracheal or laryngeal obstruction.

Is stridor a sign of respiratory distress?

A. Patients who present with stridor should be triaged as having acute or chronic disease. Acute upper airway obstruction resulting in stridor classically presents with the sudden onset of dyspnea and respiratory distress.

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