Complete Laryngeal Obstruction and Tracheostomy Procedure
This exhibit depicts the normal anatomy of the larynx versus complete laryngeal obstruction. Normal laryngeal anatomy provides a clear passageway for air flow through the pharynx into the trachea. Airway secretions, edema, and downward folding of the epiglottis cause complete laryngeal obstruction, preventing endotracheal intubation. Due to these complications, a tracheotomy was performed, creating a hole in the anterior trachea below the larynx. A tracheostomy tube is then inserted through the hole, into the trachea, allowing airflow into the lungs.