Tracheal rupture after endotracheal intubation - A report of three cases -

Korean Journal of Anesthesiology, 04/06/2012

The authors report the cases of three female patients of old age presenting tracheal rupture after endotracheal intubation. Two cases received surgical repair without complication and one recovered uneventfully after conservative management. They presume that the tracheal injuries were caused by over–inflation of cuff and sudden movement of the tube by positional change. Therefore, they recommend cuff pressure monitoring during general anesthesia and minimized movement of the head and neck at positional change.

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