Tracheal rupture after endotracheal intubation – a case report


Tracheal rupture after endotracheal intubation – a case report


Jana Šimonová1, Róbert Šimon2, Janka Vašková3*

11st Clinic of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Louis Pasteur University Hospital in Košice, and Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Tr. SNP 1, 040 66 Košice, Slovak Republic; 22nd Department of Surgery, Louis Pasteur University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovak Republic, Rastislavova 43, 040 01 Košice, Slovak Republic; 3Department of Medical and Clinical Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Tr. SNP 1, 040 66 Košice, Slovak Republic


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Tracheal rupture is a rare condition associated with high morbidity and mortality. Iatrogenic tracheal injury is also very rare and can occur as a serious complication after endotracheal intubation.  We report a case study of tracheal rupture of patient with a history of rheumatoid arthritis and corticosteroid treatment during surgical procedure with orotracheal intubation in a supine position. Lesions were healed after conservative treatment without stenosis, signs of mediastinitis or local infection. Patient was able to undergo three other surgical procedures during the next 8 month without any other complications connected to endotracheal intubation.


Keywords: endotracheal intubation, haemoptysis, respiratory insufficiency, tracheal rupture

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Jana Šimonová, Róbert Šimon, Janka Vašková. Tracheal rupture after endotracheal intubation – a case report. International Journal of Case Reports, 2019 4:96. DOI: 10.28933/ijcr-2019-09-2305


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