Novel tracheal injury management with aortic transection

Andria S. Chambers, Ray W. Shepherd, Leonard Moses, Abe DeAnda, Jon Kiev

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An 18-year-old driver in a high-speed motor vehicle accident sustained multiple life-threatening injuries, including partial transection of his descending aorta along with a linear tear of the distal trachea. Other significant injuries included closed-head shear injury and multiple bone fractures. Initial presentation revealed a pneumothorax and widening of the mediastinum. Bronchoscopy revealed a long, linear tear of the membranous trachea. Simultaneous exposure of both injuries for repair was not possible. A covered tracheal stent was placed, isolating and sealing the tracheal injury. The aorta was subsequently repaired during cardiopulmonary bypass at a later time. The tracheal stent was removed without sequelae after adequate healing of the membranous tracheal injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-34
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Bronchology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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