Endotracheal intubation-induced upper airway obstruction

Heart Lung. 1996 Jan-Feb;25(1):69-71. doi: 10.1016/s0147-9563(96)80015-x.


We report a case in which endotracheal intubation performed for acute respiratory distress resulted in respiratory failure that completely resolved on removal of the endotracheal tube, with concomitant expulsion of a latex glove from the mouth. This case serves as a reminder that endotracheal intubation may promote the very complications that it is meant to prevent. Thorough visualization and careful inspection of the larynx before intubation of the trachea is essential.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / etiology*
  • Foreign Bodies / complications*
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged