Journal article

Fractured metallic tracheostomy tube in a child: a case report and review of the literature.

Patorn Piromchai, Piyawadee Lertchanaruengrit, Patravoot Vatanasapt, Teeraporn Ratanaanekchai, Sanguansak Thanaviratananich

J Med Case Rep | Published : 2010

Abstract

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 remova..

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