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Minerva Anestesiologica 2011 February;77(2):231-4

Copyright © 2011 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Chest pain caused by tracheostomy tube malposition: the importance of choosing the right tube

Inchingolo R. 1, Smargiassi A. 1, Bello G. 2, Pennisi M. A. 2, Chiappini F. 1, Pirronti T. 3, Valente S. 1

1 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, A. Gemelli University Polyclinic, Sacro Cuore Catholic University, Rome, Italy; 2 Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, A. Gemelli University Polyclinic, Sacro Cuore Catholic University, Rome, Italy; 3 Department of Radiology, A. Gemelli University Polyclinic, Sacro Cuore Catholic University, Rome, Italy


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We describe a case of chest pain caused by tracheostomy tube malposition in a 65-year old woman with chronic respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This report highlights the importance of the correct choice of tracheostomy tube devices for mechanically ventilated and/or spontaneously breathing patients.

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