An Autopsy Case of Iatrogenic Tracheoesophageal Fistula Secondary to Tracheostomy

Menezes, Ritesh G. and Pant, Sadip and *, Sampath Chandra Prasad and Rao, Jagadish Padubidri and Prabhu, Prashanth and Monteiro, Francis N.P. and Kanchan, Tanuj and *, Raghavendra Babu Y P and Bhagavath, Prashantha and Achar, Manjunath Sathyanarayan and Lasrado, Savita (2014) An Autopsy Case of Iatrogenic Tracheoesophageal Fistula Secondary to Tracheostomy. American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, 35. pp. 77-79. ISSN 0195-7910

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Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is an uncommon but lifethreatening sequel of prolonged use of a cuffed tracheostomy tube. We describe a patient who developed a TEF after a tracheostomy done for management of head injury due to a road traffic mishap. The patient subsequently died of sepsis after bilateral bronchopneumonia. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first autopsy case of iatrogenic TEF after tracheal intubation reported in forensic literature.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: autopsy, trauma, airway, airway management, trachea, tracheostomy, tracheostomy tube, tracheal intubation, tracheoesophageal fistula
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Surgery
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > E.N.T
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2014 07:19
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2015 07:33

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