Tracheobronchitis in the ICU

  • Dan Schuller
  • Subramanian Paranjothi


Tracheobronchitis can be broadly denned as an inflammatory process of the airways between the larynx and the bronchioles. Clinically, this is a syndrome recognized by an increase in the volume and purulence of the lower respiratory tract secretions frequently associated with signs of variable airflow obstruction. In the intensive care unit (ICU), tracheobronchitis is a relatively common problem related to multiple potential insults to the airway of a critically ill host. For instance, the presence of an endotracheal tube, the frequent suctioning needed to maintain airway clearance, the process of bacterial colonization and the aspiration of contaminated secretions are only a few of the multiple triggers of an inflammatory response in the airway.


Respiratory Syncytial Virus Lower Respiratory Tract Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis Bronchiolitis Obliterans Tracheal Stenosis 
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