Journal Article

Blunt tracheal transection and long tear in posterior membranous trachea

Hironori Ishibashi, Shin-ichiro Ohta, Masahide Hirose and Takehide Akimoto

in European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Published on behalf of European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Volume 30, issue 6, pages 945-947
Published in print December 2006 | ISSN: 1010-7940
Published online December 2006 | e-ISSN: 1873-734X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejcts.2006.09.009
Blunt tracheal transection and long tear in posterior membranous trachea

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Blunt tracheobronchial injuries are rare, but can be life-threatening. A precise preoperative diagnosis and a well-recognised plan of surgical treatment, which may be unique for each patient, are needed to restore the continuity of tracheobronchial tree in a one-stage intervention. We encountered a patient with complete tracheal transection and 15 cm tear in the posterior membranous trachea and right bronchus, and whose tracheal injury was difficult to repair using direct intubation of distal airway by bronchoscopy. We achieved a good result of one-stage repair using a percutaneous cardiopulmonary support (PCPS).

Keywords: Tracheal injury; Blunt trauma

Journal Article.  1188 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine ; Cardiothoracic Surgery

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