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DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1013183
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Tracheobronchial Rupture after Emergency Intubation

N. Evagelopoulos, P. Tossios, W. Wanke, A. Krian
  • Clinic of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart-Center KWK, Duisburg, Germany
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Publication Date:
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.