Postintubation Tracheal Ruptures - A case report -

Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Chonbuk National University Hospital, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Korea.
Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 06/2011; 44(3):260-5. DOI: 10.5090/kjtcs.2011.44.3.260
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ABSTRACT

Tracheobronchial ruptures (TBR) rarely complicate surgical procedures under general anesthesia. Seemingly uneventful intubations can result in injury to the trachea, which often manifests as hemoptysis and subcutaneous emphysema. We present 2 patients with postintubation TBR who were treated surgically and discuss considerations in the management of this potentially lethal injury.

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