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Glossary of Med-Surg Nursing - 26

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allergic rhinitis
the reaction of the nasal mucosa to a specific allergen
apnea
the cessation of spontaneous respirations
deviated septum
a deflection of the normally straight nasal septum
epistaxis
nosebleed
esophageal speech
a method of swallowing air, trapping it in the esophagus, and releasing it to create sound
nasal polyps
benign mucous membrane masses that form slowly in response to repeated inflammation of the sinus or nasal mucosa
obstructive sleep apnea
a condition characterized by partial or complete upper airway obstruction during sleep, causing apnea and hypopnea
rhinoplasty
the surgical reconstruction of the nose
tracheostomy
surgical opening into the trachea
tracheotomy
a surgical incision into the trachea for the purpose of establishing an airway

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