Year : 2014  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 421-423

Blunt traumatic bronchial transection in a 28-month-old child

Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, School of Medicine, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea

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Dr. Sung Mi Hwang
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, #153, Kyo-Dong, Chuncheon, Kangwon-Do, 200-704
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.136642

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Tracheobronchial injury is uncommon in children, but may result in life-threatening conditions. We present a case of transection of the right intermediate bronchus, right middle lobe bronchus and right lower lobe bronchus in a 28-month-old child with blunt chest injury. The gold standard for diagnosis is tracheobronchoscopy, however, the bronchoscopy may not always be available for little children. For diagnosis in similar cases, a high index of suspicion should be needed based on symptoms, chest X-ray and computed tomography findings. In addition, anesthesiologists should be aware of this dangerous condition and must be fully prepared for rapid and appropriate management during operation.

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