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Korean J Crit Care Med > Volume 12(2); 1997 > Article
Korean Journal of Critical Care Medicine 1997;12(2): 169-172.
Airway Obstruction with Armored Tracheostomy Tube by Swelling of Inner Layer: A case report
Chang Young Jeong, Sang Hyun Kwak, Sung Su Chung, Hyon Jeong Lee, Tae Yob Kim
1Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, Korea.
2College of Dentistry, Chonnam National University, Kwang-Ju, Korea.
3Korea National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
One of the reasons for insertion of endotracheal tube is to provide a patent airway. Unfortunately, the tube itself may become the cause of airway obstruction. Especially, armored tube is known to be most effective in maintenance of airway patency. However, airway obstruction has been reported by a varity of causes even though armored tube was used. We experienced airway obstruction with armored tracheostomy tube by swelling of inner layer near the cuff. The tube was reused one and had been disinfected with ethylene oxide. Therefore, to prevent complication such as airway obstruction by use of armored tubes, it is desirable to avoid reusal of armored tube and to examine the lumen as well as cuff before intubation when reused.
Key Words: Airway; obstruction; Equipment; tube; armored
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