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Varying Approaches to Tracheostomy: “Vive la Différence”

Kenneth D. Chinsky, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Erie, PA
 ,  Dr. Chinsky practices with Chest Diseases of Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Correspondence to: Kenneth D. Chinsky, MD, FCCP, 3580 Peach St, Suite 103A, Erie, PA 16508; e-mail: LChinsky@aol.com



Chest. 2005;127(4):1083-1085. doi:10.1378/chest.127.4.1083
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Tracheostomy has been described as far back as ancient Egypt.1 Pundits might suggest that physicians have been debating the indications, timing, and techniques ever since. The classic surgical approach for tracheostomy was demonstrated by Jackson2 almost 100 years ago. Although percutaneous tracheostomy has gained popularity over the last 10 years or so, it was actually first reported in 1957.3 Despite the long history of the procedure, the jury remains out as to the optimal approach.

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