A rare case of nonresterilized reinforced ETT obstruction caused by a structural defect: A case report

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Abstract

Rationale:

Various factors can cause ventilatory failure after endotracheal tube (ETT) intubation, which is associated with increased patient morbidity and mortality.

Patient concerns:

A 76-year-old woman who was diagnosed with a hemopericardium and suspicion of a major-vessel injury due to dislocation of the clavicular fracture fixation screw.

Diagnosis:

Non-resterilized reinforced ETT obstruction caused by a structural defect.

Intervention:

Endotracheal tube was exchanged.

Outcomes:

The ventilator profile showed rapid improvement.

Lessons:

Anesthesiologists should consider that a non-resterilized reinforced ETT may be defective. An ETT defect can cause high PIP and ETT obstruction without kinking or foreign materials.

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