A cricoidectomy is the surgical excision of the cricoid cartilage. The excision can often be performed under local anaesthetic and can either be partial or total. The procedure may be necessary as a treatment of pulmonary aspiration, to prevent progression to aspiration pneumonia. As the cricoid cartilage is the narrowest part of the trachea, it i
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(kri″koi-dek´tә-me) excision of the cricoid cartilage.
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cricoidectomy Excision of the cricoid cartilage. The cricoid (from the Greek krikoeides, 'ring-shaped') is the only complete ring of cartilage around the trachea which is a tube-like portion of the breathing or 'respiratory' tract that connects the 'voice box' (larynx) with the bronchial parts of the lungs.
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