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Vol. 44. Issue 6.
Pages 394-395 (August - September 2020)
Vol. 44. Issue 6.
Pages 394-395 (August - September 2020)
Images in Intensive Medicine
DOI: 10.1016/j.medine.2019.07.005
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Post-intubation tracheal laceration. Over-insufflation of the cuff as risk factor
Laceración traqueal postintubación. Hiperinsuflación del neumotaponamiento como factor de riesgo
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F.P. Delgado Moya
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, M. Valiente Fernández, A. Lesmes González de Aledo
Servicio de Medicina Interna, Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre, Madrid, Spain
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A 48-year-old woman without a past medical history was admitted to the intensive care unit due to respiratory failure in the context of a community-acquired bilateral pneumonia. Orotracheal intubation (OTI) was successfully performed at the first attempt through direct laryngoscopy without a tube guide or other tube instruments using a PVC #8 tube. She developed progressive aerial effusion despite over-insufflation of the cuff (Fig. 1). The urgent bronchoscopy and CAT scan performed (Fig. 2) confirmed the presence of a 4cm-laceration of the posterior tracheal wall 1cm above the carina. She required surgical repair, veno-venous ECMO support, and weaning from prolonged mechanical ventilation. She was eventually diagnosed with Steinert myotonic dystrophy and was discharged from the hospital with ventilatory support (Fig. 3).

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The authors declared they did not receive any funding to conduct this study.

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We wish to thank the personnel from the Radiology Unit of the Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre for their collaboration.

Please cite this article as: Delgado Moya FP, Valiente Fernández M, Lesmes González de Aledo A. Laceración traqueal postintubación. Hiperinsuflación del neumotaponamiento como factor de riesgo. Med Intensiva. 2020;44:394–395.

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