Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is an uncommon but life-threatening sequel of prolonged use of a cuffed tracheostomy tube. We describe a patient who developed a TEF after a tracheostomy done for management of head injury due to a road traffic mishap. The patient subsequently died of sepsis after bilateral bronchopneumonia. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first autopsy case of iatrogenic TEF after tracheal intubation reported in forensic literature.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology|
|Publication status||Published - 01-01-2014|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine