Obstructive fibrinous tracheal pseudomembrane

Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Dec;92(6):e115-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2011.05.099.


We present 2 patients who had upper airway obstruction develop secondary to a fibrinous tracheal pseudomembrane after short-term endotracheal intubations. Early recognition and removal of the pseudomembrane resulted in complete resolution of symptoms. We discuss the characteristic presentation of symptoms, diagnosis, and management.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Airway Obstruction / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / adverse effects*
  • Middle Aged
  • Tracheal Diseases / etiology*