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J Laryngol Otol. 2008 Dec;122(12):1392-3. doi: 10.1017/S0022215107001533. Epub 2008 Feb 21.

A novel approach to the management of acute tracheal tear.

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Department of Cardiothoracic medicine, St George's Hospital, London, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We describe the emergency use of a covered, expandable, removable tracheal stent in a patient who developed a large posterior tracheal tear complicating endobronchial therapy for large airway obstruction.

METHOD:

Case report and review of the literature concerning management of acute tracheal tear.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:

Our patient demonstrates that endotracheal stenting is an option for managing acute large airway tear. Moreover, the use of a removable stent allows not only for rapid closure of the defect but also removal once the defect has healed, thus avoiding long-term complications of stent deployment.

PMID:
18289454
DOI:
10.1017/S0022215107001533
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