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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 2009;56(6):703-705.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.2009.56.6.703   
Tracheal laceration detected by high end-tidal CO2 during endoscopic thyroidectomy.
Han Suk Park, Sang Ik Lee, Hye Won Shin, Sung Uk Choi, Ji Yong Park, Hye Won Lee, Hae Ja Lim, Suk Min Yoon, Seong Ho Chang
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Korea University, Anam Hospital, Seoul, Korea. hwshin99@yahoo.com
Endoscopic thyroidectomy is frequently used for cosmetic reasons, such as reducing cervical scarring. Subcutaneous gas insufflation with CO2 is needed to maintain the surgical space, and optimal surgical techniques and careful attention are required when conducting this procedure due to the limited space available for the endoscopic instruments. We report here a case of a tracheal laceration with a tear in the cuff of a reinforced tube, which was detected by an abrupt increase in end-tidal CO2 to 90 mmHg. Reintubation was achieved using a tube exchanger and the patient was effectively ventilated without complications.
Key Words: Endoscopic thyroidectomty; End-tidal CO2; Tracheal laceration


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