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J Thorac Dis. 2012 Jun 1;4(3):320-2. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2012.05.10.

A very early stage of obstructive fibrinous tracheal pseudo-membrane formation.

Abstract

As result of a short-term intubation (24 hours), we report a rare and poorly known complication: the formation of an obstructive fibrinous tracheal pseudo-membrane (OFTP). The diagnosis and therapy of OFTP were due to its spontaneous expectoration after a long asymptomatic time post extubation (four days): This is a very unusual event. A CT-scan of the chest performed 3 hours after intubation revealed the first step of pseudo-membrane developing.

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Obstructive fibrinous tracheal membrane; endotracheal intubation complications

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