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If a tracheostomy bypasses the upper respiratory passages, how might the air entering the trachea differ from air normally passing through this tube? What problems might this cause for the patient?

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In this particular example, the person would inhale air directly into the trachea, while the nasal cavity would be avoided. However, the nasal cavity has an important role in moistening and controlling the temperature of the air we inhale. On an everyday basis, we inhale bacteria or viruses. On the surface of the respiratory mucosa are found tiny hair-like formations that are called cilia. They have an important role of continually moving mucus to the throat along with the infectious agents. Part of the mucosa in the nasal cavity is included in the sense of smell. Thus, the patient could experience a cough or develop respiratory infections. He could also feel the dryness of the area around tracheostomy opening.

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