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Endotracheal Repair of an Iatrogenic Tracheal Laceration

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Welter S. Endotracheal Repair of an Iatrogenic Tracheal Laceration. July 2018. doi:10.25373/ctsnet.6810035.

The author presents an endotracheal repair, performed for a 72-year-old woman who was mechanically ventilated for a heart failure due to lung edema and hypoxia. She developed severe mediastinal and subcutaneous emphysema due to a 4.5 cm iatrogenic tracheal laceration. A completely endotracheal repair with a running suture was performed using the optical needle holder from Karl Storz Company (Tuttlingen, Germany). The patient needed prolonged ventilation for the underlying disease but could be weaned from ventilation on postoperative day 13. No complications arose.

Suggested Reading

  1. Welter S, Krbek T, Halder R, Stamatis G. A new technique for complete intraluminal repair of iatrogenic posterior tracheal lacerations. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2011;12(1):6-9.
  2. Welter S. Repair of tracheobronchial injuries. Thorac Surg Clin. 2014;24(1):41-50.


An excellent surgery of Trachea. Thank you.. We describe the case of an 83-year-old man who presented with a large trauma to the membranous wall of the trachea and was treated with endoscopic primary repair of the tracheal wall through a preexisting tracheal stoma. (Primary Endoscopic Repair of a Large Tracheal Rupture Through Tracheal Stoma.Eroglu A, Aydin Y, Altuntas B, Ahiskalioglu A. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Oct;100(4):e71-3.)

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