To Be Cautious or Not: Tension Pneumothorax After First Tracheostomy Tube Exchange
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Tracheostomy tube change is a relatively common procedure once a tracheo-cutaneous tract matures. Regular tracheostomy tube changes prevent the formation of granulation tissue and reduce bacterial colonization (Yaremchuk and Yaremchuk in Laryngoscope 113(1):1–10, 2003). However, serious complications such as subcutaneous emphysema, loss of airway and mediastinitis, can occur if the tube exchange is performed inappropriately. We present a rare association of tension pneumothorax following a tracheostomy tube exchange in a 50-year-old patient who underwent tracheotomy 3 days back. The patient was successfully managed conservatively with chest tube and supportive care.
KeywordsComplications Pneumothorax Tracheostomy
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.
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