Fractured metallic tracheostomy tube in a child: a case report and review of the literature.
AuthorPiromchai, P; Lertchanaruengrit, P; Vatanasapt, P; Ratanaanekchai, T; Thanaviratananich, S
Source TitleJournal of Medical Case Reports
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
University of Melbourne Author/sPiromchai, Patorn
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsPiromchai, P., Lertchanaruengrit, P., Vatanasapt, P., Ratanaanekchai, T. & Thanaviratananich, S. (2010). Fractured metallic tracheostomy tube in a child: a case report and review of the literature.. J Med Case Rep, 4 (1), pp.234-. https://doi.org/10.1186/1752-1947-4-234.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2918633
INTRODUCTION: Tracheostomy is a common airway procedure for life support. The fracture of the tracheostomy tube is a rare complication. We report a case of a 14-year-old boy whose fractured stainless steel tracheostomy tube dislodged into the tracheobronchial tree. We include a literature review and proposed recommendations for tracheostomy care. CASE PRESENTATION: A 14-year-old Thai boy who had a stainless steel tracheostomy tube presented with a complaint of intermittent cough for 2 months. During tracheostomy tube cleaning, his parents found that the inner tube was missing. A chest X-ray revealed a metallic density foreign body in his right main bronchus. He underwent bronchoscopic removal of the inner tracheostomy tube and was discharged without further complications. CONCLUSION: A fractured tracheostomy tube is a rare complication. Appropriate cleaning and scheduled replacement of the tracheostomy tube may prevent this complication.
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