ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Surgical Treatment of Patients with Tracheal Rupture Following Endotracheal Intubation
Gönül Sağıroğlu 1, Burhan Meydan 1, Tamer Sağıroğlu 2
1Sağlık Bakanlığı Süreyyapaşa Göğüs Hastalıkları ve Göğüs Cerrahisi Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Anesteziyoloji ve Reanimasyon Kliniği, İstanbul, Turkey
2Department of General Surgery, Trakya University Faculty of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey
DOI : 10.5174/tutfd.2010.03725.3
Pages : 252-255


Objective: We aimed to present clinical features and treatment outcomes of patients who had tracheal rupture following intubation due to surgical interventions.

Material and Methods: Five patients (M/F, 1/4; Mean age, 53.8±10.9 years) who were diagnosed as having tracheal rupture during or soon after surgery were included in the study and evaluated retrospectively. History, clinical features, patient characteristics, and localizations of rupture, diagnostic modalities, and treatment outcomes were reported.

Results: Two of the patients were intubated with a single-lumen tube, whereas 3 patients were intubated by using a double-lumen tube. The most common symptom that led to diagnosis was subcutaneous emphysema. One patient was diagnosed during stump control before the occurrence of symptoms. It is considered that using a stylet during intubation might be a risk factor, as four of our patients were intubated with the help of a stylet. Only one patient had a difficult intubation.

Conclusion: Close postoperative monitorization of patients intubated due to surgical interventions, may enable us to determine tracheal ruptute cases in the early period before symptoms occur. The most common symptom was subcutaneous emphysema in the present case series. Thus, it is considered as the most effective warning symptom. In the light of the above findings, it is suggested that difficult intubation may not add to the risk of tracheal rupture.

Keywords : Intubation, tracheal rupture, stylet, subcutaneous emphysema, difficult intubation
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