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      Left mainstem bronchial rupture during one-lung ventilation with Robertshaw double lumen endobronchial tube -A case report-


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          Lung separation using a double-lumen endobronchial tube is necessary for video assisted thoracoscopy (VATs). Bronchial rupture after intubation with a double-lumen endobronchial tube has been rarely reported. We report a case of a 70-year-old man who had solitary pulmonary nodule in his right upper lobe. He was intubated with a left-sided Robertshaw double-lumen endobronchial tube. He underwent a VATs right upper lobectomy with the one-lung ventilation of left lung. During the operation, the rupture of the left mainstem bronchus was detected. Immediately, the thoracotomy was performed and the ruptured left mainstem bronchus was repaired with absorbable sutures (vicryl). Seven days later he had a bronchoscopy to examine the left mainstem bronchus. There was no evidence of the bleeding, leakage and inflammation. Subsequent course was uneventful. Tracheobronchial injuries related to the double-lumen endobronchial tube are discussed.

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          Management of postintubation tracheobronchial ruptures.

          To determine whether nonoperative management can be applied to iatrogenic postintubation tracheobronchial rupture (TBR). Prospective cohort study. Thirty consecutive patients with TBR complicating intubation between June 1993 and December 2005 entered the study. Patients not receiving mechanical ventilation at time of diagnosis were treated nonsurgically. Patients receiving mechanical ventilation who were judged operable underwent surgical repair, while nonoperable candidates had their TBR bridged by endotracheal tubes. Fifteen patients not requiring mechanical ventilation underwent simple conservative management. TBR length measured 3.85 +/- 1.46 cm (mean +/- SD). Eight TBRs showed full-thickness rupture with frank anterior intraluminal protrusion of the esophagus. In three patients, transient noninvasive positive pressure ventilatory support (NIV) was necessary. All lesions healed without sequelae. Two patients receiving mechanical ventilation underwent surgical repair and died. Thirteen patients receiving mechanical ventilation were considered at high surgical risk, and TBR bridging was attempted as salvage therapy. Complete bridging was achieved in five patients by simply advancing the endotracheal tube distal to the injury. Separate bilateral mainstem endobronchial intubation was necessary in six patients whose TBRs were too close to the carina. Nine of 13 patients (69%) treated with nonoperative therapy completely recovered. We conclude that conservative nonoperative therapy should be considered in patients with postintubation TBR who are breathing spontaneously, or when extubation is scheduled within 24 h from the time of diagnosis, or when continued ventilation is required to treat an underlying respiratory status. Surgical repair should be reserved for cases in which NIV or bridging the lesion is technically not feasible.
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            Iatrogenic ruptures of the tracheobronchial tree.

            Iatrogenic tracheobronchial ruptures are seldom but severe complications after intubation or bronchoscopy. Therefore, we evaluated the reasons, the subsequent therapy and the outcome of patients with tracheal rupture, who were admitted to our hospital. In a retrospective study we examined 19 patients (15 women, four men; 43-87 years) treated for acute tracheobronchial lesions. Eleven (58%) patients had a tracheobronchial rupture by single-lumen tube, four (21%) by double-lumen tube and two patients (10%) by tracheal cannula. A total of 47% of whom were carried out under emergency conditions. Two patients had a rupture due to a stiff bronchoscopy. Mean symptoms were mediastinal and subcutaneous emphysema. Two emergency collar incisions had been done. The localization of ruptures was in all cases in the paries membranaceus, length: 1-7 cm (mean: 4.8 cm). The interval between the onset of symptoms and the diagnose differed widely (up to 72 h), nine (47%) diagnoses were made during intubation/bronchoscopy. One patient, with a small tear (1 cm) was treated conservatively with fibrin-glue. The other 18 patients had surgical repair through a thoracotomy. The postoperative mortality was determined with 42%, which was not dependent on the rupture but basically by the underlying diseases requiring intubation. Iatrogenic tracheal rupture is a dangerous complication with potentially high postoperative mortality, mostly influenced by the underlying disease. Early surgical repair must be the preferred treatment.
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              Bronchial rupture with a left-sided polyvinylchloride double-lumen tube.

              Bronchial rupture after intubation with a double-lumen endobronchial tube has been infrequently reported. Overinflation of the bronchial cuff was speculated to be a frequent cause of the bronchial damage. We report the case of a 78-year-old woman with non-small cell carcinoma of the right upper lobe. Her trachea and left main-stem bronchus were intubated with a left-sided polyvinylchloride (PVC) double-lumen endobronchial tube (Broncho-Cath(R) 37 Fr, Mallinckrodth Medical, Athlone, Ireland). She underwent an uneventful right upper lobectomy. At the end of the resection, the surgeons noticed the herniating cuff from the ruptured left main-stem bronchus. Laceration was repaired. Subsequent course of the patient was uneventful: she developed neither bronchial leak nor mediastinitis. Ten days later the patients was discharged home in a satisfactory condition. Factors that seem to increase the risk of injury by a double-lumen tube are discussed.

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                Korean J Anesthesiol
                Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
                The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists
                December 2010
                31 December 2010
                : 59
                : Suppl
                : S21-S25
                [1 ]Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
                [2 ]Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
                Author notes
                Corresponding author: Mi Hwa Chung, M.D., Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, 948-1, Daerim 1-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul 150-071, Korea. Tel: 82-2-829-5226, Fax: 82-2-845-1571, mhchung20@ 123456hallym.or.kr
                Copyright © The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists, 2010

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                Case Report

                Anesthesiology & Pain management
                bronchial rupture,intubation,double lumen endobronchial tube,complication


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