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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 48-49

Posterior tracheal wall leading to life-threatening obstruction of tracheostomy tube

1 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Command Hospital (Central Command), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Command Hospital (Eastern Command), Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, Command Hospital (Eastern Command), Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Correspondence Address:
Sanjay Singhal
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Command Hospital (Central Command), Lucknow - 226 003, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-0770.114125

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This is a case report of a 28-year-old male patient with severe traumatic brain injury and Glasgow coma scale score = 8: E2 M5 V T , who required a tracheotomy for airway protection. On day 5, a surgical tracheotomy was performed with size 8 tracheotomy tube (TT). On the 4 th day of post-tracheostomy, he developed a sudden onset respiratory distress while on T-piece. Immediate fiber optic bronchoscopy revealed almost a complete closure of TT due to posterior tracheal wall indrawing into the TT with every inspiratory effort.

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