Traumatic Tracheobronchial Laceration Causing Complete Tracheal Resection: Challenges of Anesthetic Management

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Abstract

We report the case of a 9-year-old girl who sustained blunt trauma to the chest and presented for emergent repair of a complete tracheobronchial laceration. Tracheobronchial laceration is potentially life threatening. While conservative management has been described for simple tears, more complex injuries require surgical repair. We discuss the anesthetic challenges, airway management, and ventilation options for surgical repair in a child with a complex laceration involving the tracheobronchial tree.

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