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J Anesth. 2012 Apr;26(2):269-72. doi: 10.1007/s00540-011-1289-y. Epub 2011 Nov 25.

Anesthesia in an adult patient with tracheal hemangiomas: one-lung ventilation for lung lobectomy.

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Department of Anesthesiology, Osaka City General Hospital, 2-13-22 Miyakojima-hondori, Miyakojimaku, Osaka 534-0021, Japan.


Primary tracheal tumors are rare in adults, and careful airway management is required during anesthesia for affected patients. We report the case of a patient with tracheal hemangiomas undergoing nontracheal operation. A 61-year-old woman was scheduled for a lung operation. During preoperative examination, hemangiomas were detected on the tracheal mucosa. As she was asymptomatic and the degree of airway stenosis was small, treatment was not required for the hemangiomas, and left upper lobectomy for lung cancer was scheduled. After induction of general anesthesia, a regular tracheal tube was inserted under fiberoptic bronchoscopy, with care taken to prevent damage to the hemangiomas. An endobronchial blocker was inserted for one-lung ventilation. The operation was performed uneventfully, and the tracheal tube was replaced postoperatively with a laryngeal mask airway while the patient was under deep anesthesia and neuromuscular blockade. The mask was removed after confirming lack of bleeding from the hemangiomas. No hypoxia or other complications occurred during or after the operation.

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