Nonoperative management of postintubation tracheal injuries

Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Apr;89(4):1265-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.07.093.


Tracheobronchial rupture is a rare but potentially lethal complication. We present 2 patients with postintubation tracheobronchial rupture who were successfully treated nonoperatively. Goals when treating such patients should include early recognition, appropriate antibiotic coverage, careful selection of operative candidates, and proper endotracheal tube and ventilator management. When treated properly, patients with tracheobronchial rupture can make a full recovery without the need for surgical intervention.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bronchi / injuries*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / adverse effects*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Rupture / therapy
  • Trachea / injuries*