Intubation Bougie Dissection of Tracheal Mucosa and Intratracheal Airway Obstruction

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Intubation bougies are commonly used to aid in intubation when an optimal view of the larynx is not obtained. We describe a case of tracheal perforation using a disposable intubation bougie resulting in a complete intratracheal airway obstruction relieved by cricothyrotomy. Disposable intubation bougies may have mechanical properties that differ from their nondisposable counterparts making complications more likely.

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