Novel Airway and Ventilator Management of Tracheobronchial Disruption After Blunt Trauma.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Tracheobronchial injuries can be difficult to diagnose and manage, especially in the presence of polytrauma. A 50-year-old woman presented as a Level I trauma activation after being struck by a motor vehicle. Initial evaluation demonstrated intracranial hemorrhage and multiple chest injuries, including multilevel bilateral rib fractures, pneumomediastinum, and concern for tracheobronchial injury. After initial stabilization, bronchoscopy was performed and demonstrated an injury to the carina. We report a novel airway and ventilation strategy in the setting of concomitant tracheobronchial injury after severe blunt chest trauma in which extracorporeal support is contraindicated.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mehdiratta, N; Archer, M; Stewart, M; Dennis, B; Grogan, E

Published Date

  • November 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 104 / 5

Start / End Page

  • e359 - e361

PubMed ID

  • 29054228

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-6259

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.06.032


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands