Inability to ventilate the lungs of a patient with tracheal anomaly and in prone position

Ramprasad Sripada, Kristal Keys, Kurt M. Eichholz

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Abstract

We present the case of an otherwise asymptomatic patient with a rare congenital airway abnormality of the tracheobronchial tree, who developed a complete airway obstruction after being placed in the prone position. The tracheal bronchus, accessory bronchus arising from the trachea superior to its bifurcation at the carina, was identified by fiberoptic bronchoscopic examination. An endotracheal tube can migrate into a tracheal bronchus causing pulmonary atelectasis, hypoxia, or both.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-388
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Congenital tracheal anomalies
  • Endobronchial intubation
  • Subglottic airway anomalies
  • Tracheal anomaly
  • Tracheal bronchus
  • Trifurcation of trachea

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