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Tracheobronchial Rupture after Emergency Intubation
19 March 2008 (online)
latrogenic injuries of the trachea are rare. We report a case of tracheobronchial rupture in a 77-year-old woman after emergency intubation. Early bronchoscopy showed a rupture of the posterior wall of the trachea into the right main bronchus with a total length of 9.5 cm. A right thoracotomy was performed and the tracheal rupture was managed successfully by primary suture. Surgical treatment and possible causes of this lesion are discussed with reference to the literature.
Tracheobronchial rupture - Intubation