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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 534-536

Foreign body removal with repair of iatrogenic tracheo-bronchial tear repair: An anesthetic challenge

Department of Anaesthesia, Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, India

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Vikram Uday Lahori
Department of Anaesthesia, Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9185.86602

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Foreign body aspiration into the airway is common in the pediatric age group and its anesthetic management is a challenge. Iatrogenic tracheo-bronchial injury further worsens the situation. Flexible pediatric fiberscope is the gold standard for securing the airway in cases of airway injury. We present a case of a 7-year-old girl who presented to the hospital with signs and symptoms of foreign body aspiration and suspected tracheo-bronchial tree injury. The impacted foreign body was removed by rigid bronchoscopy and the presence of a tracheo-bronchial tear was confirmed. To repair the airway tear, thoracotomy was planned necessitating one lung ventilation. A pediatric flexible fiberscope was not available, so left endobronchial intubation for one lung ventilation was done with the help of an airway exchange catheter using a rigid bronchoscope as a conduit. Subsequent intra-operative and post-operative period were uneventful.

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