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Management of complications of tracheal surgery - a case of dehiscence

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Malvolio Paes, Colin Hilton


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We report a case of tracheal stenosis in a patient with immune thrombocytopenia who presented 4 yr after splenectomy. The 20-yr progression of the stenosis and management, including resection, is charted. The period after resection was complicated by wound infection, surgical emphysema, mediastinitis and dehiscence of the anastomosis of the trachea. The management of patients with tracheal lesions is discussed, but concentrates on airway care after tracheal resection when complications developed. A laryngeal mask airway was used to stabilize an uncuffed tracheal tube at the site of dehiscence.

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Author(s): Rigg CD, Conacher ID, Paes ML, Hilton CJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Anaesthesia

Year: 2000

Volume: 84

Issue: 6

Pages: 805-807

ISSN (print): 0007-0912

ISSN (electronic): 1471-6771

Publisher: Oxford University Press