Fracture synthetic tracheostomy tube: an ENT emergency

Med J Malaysia. 2008 Aug;63(3):254-5.


A synthetic tracheostomy tube [non-metallic type] fracturing within three days of insertion is very rare but it could lead to serious complications such as acute asphyxia or sudden death. We report three such cases at our centre. Recommendations are made to closely observe patients on tracheostomy tube in the first seven days post-insertion of the tube.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Equipment Failure
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / instrumentation*
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy
  • Spinal Injuries / complications
  • Spinal Injuries / therapy
  • Tracheostomy / instrumentation*