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Transtracheal Oxygen Catheter (TTO)

Oxygen therapy

Oxygen therapy improves survial for patients with chronic lung conditions, including COPD. Additionally, oxygen can reduce symptoms of breathlessness and increase exercise tolerance. Traditional oxygen is delivered by nasal cannula, however, transtracheal oxygen bypasses the upper airways and is delivered through a catheter in the trachea.

Why is it used?

  • Using a transtracheal approach to oxygen delivery can reduce the amount of oxygen flow needed at rest and with exercise
  • It can reduce the symptoms of shortness of breath and improve patient mobility

What Makes Transtracheal Oxygen Different?

  • Unlike other oxygen therapies, it is delivered directly into the trachea via a small catheter
  • This type of delivery can improve oxygen compliance and may be more comfortable than traditional nasal delivery

Benefits of Transtracheal Oxygen Delivery

x-ray of lungs
  • TTO delivery bypasses the “dead space” in the upper airways and mouth, allowing oxygen to pass directly into the trachea
  • This reduces the overall oxygen needed during rest and with exercise

Learn More About Transtracheal Oxygen Delivery

At UC San Diego Medical Center’s Interventional Pulmonology Unit, the following interventional pulmonologists specialize in performing transtracheal oxygen delivery:

All referrals will still have the option of continuing their treatment with their primary care physicians after the transtracheal oxygen delivery.

For an appointment, for more information, or to find out how to refer a patient, please contact the Interventional Pulmonology Unit, 619-543-5840.

Interventional Pulmonology
UC San Diego Medical Center, 3rd Floor, South Wing
200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 619-543-5840