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Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Dec;92(6):e115-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2011.05.099.

Obstructive fibrinous tracheal pseudomembrane.

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Cleveland Clinic, Respiratory Institute, Cleveland, Ohio 44195, USA.


We present 2 patients who had upper airway obstruction develop secondary to a fibrinous tracheal pseudomembrane after short-term endotracheal intubations. Early recognition and removal of the pseudomembrane resulted in complete resolution of symptoms. We discuss the characteristic presentation of symptoms, diagnosis, and management.

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