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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 2005;48(3):320-323.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.2005.48.3.320   
Pneumomediastinum Following Routine Endotracheal Intubation: A case report.
Soon Ho Nam, Hae Keum Kil, Ki Beom Kim, Sung Jin Lee, Do Hyeong Kim, Bon Nyeo Koo
1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine,Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. koobn@yumc.yonsei.ac.kr
2Department of Anesthesia and Pain Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Abstract
Tracheobronchial rupture is considered to be a life-threatening condition and most commonly occurs after blunt trauma to the neck or chest. However, single- and double-lumen endotracheal tubes can cause serious airway injury. The recognition of this complication and a knowledge of the possible contributory factors is critical, because failure to do so could result in lethal events. We report the case of a 63-year-old male patient who developed pneumomediastinum three days after routine orotracheal intubation.
Key Words: orotracheal intubation; pneumomediastinum; subcutaneous emphysema; tracheal rupture


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