Fracture and aspiration of tracheostomy tube: A case report

William Wilson, D. M. Nagaraja, Ayesha Dias, Shakuntala Murty

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Abstract

Fracture and aspiration of tracheostomy tube is a rare late complication of the tracheostomized patient. We report a case of a 30-year-old male patient, who was tracheostomized 2 years ago for prolonged ventilation secondary to organophosphorus poisoning. He presented with history of minimal cough without any respiratory distress and was otherwise hemodynamically stable. The chest x-ray showed a metal tube lodged in the left main bronchus. The aspirated tracheostomy tube was removed by flexible bronchoscopy without any complications. Through this case, the authors highlight the need for proper care of a tracheostomy tube and also a rare complication of tracheostomy tube.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-373
Number of pages3
JournalHong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-11-2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine

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