Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 29, Issue 8, pp 575–577 | Cite as

Fluoroscopy-guided retrieval of a sheared endotracheal stylet sheath from the tracheobronchial tree in a premature infant

  • Roland L. Boyd
  • Harold A. Bradfield
  • Edward M. Burton
  • Brian S. Carter
Original article

Abstract

Endotracheal intubation of premature infants with respiratory distress is a commonly performed procedure in the neonatal intensive care unit. We report a rare complication of this procedure, shearing of the plastic sheath that is bonded to and surrounds the stylet used to assist intubation and lodging of the sheared stylet in the tracheobronchial tree of a small premature infant. We suggest a method for removing the plastic foreign body using fluoroscopy and an Amplatz gooseneck snare directed through the existing endotracheal tube, a technique not previously reported.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roland L. Boyd
    • 1
  • Harold A. Bradfield
    • 2
  • Edward M. Burton
    • 2
  • Brian S. Carter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia, USAGE
  2. 2.Department of Pediatrics, Department of Radiology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia, USAGE
  3. 3.Department of Radiology, Medical College of Georgia, 1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA, 30912, USAGE

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