Tracheal Transection—A Novel Airway ManagementSource of Funding None declared.
30 January 2020
14 March 2020
22 May 2020 (online)
Background Traumatic injury of the trachea is rare, especially complete transection. Its operative revision requires an interdisciplinary approach.
Case Description We hereby present a rare case of complete transection of the trachea by accident. To stabilize the patient and to allow for safe surgery, veno-venous extracorporeal support was initiated via the subclavian artery and the femoral vein. The patient was subsequently operated, and the trachea re-anastomosed with favorable outcome.
Conclusion This rare case of an accidental transection of the trachea shows the importance of a good emergency rescue chain and the ability to facilitate interdisciplinary approaches in tertiary hospitals.
F.F. performed the ECLS implantation, literature review, reviewed the patient's paper and electronic clinical records to collect data, interpreted the data, and wrote the first draft of the article. He was also involved with critical revision of the article. D.B.J., M.E.T., C.P.L., C.K., and T.L. reviewed the patient's electronic clinical records to collect additional data and helped in interpreting the data. They were also involved in critical revision of the article and provided supervision for the first author's activities. All authors approved the final version of the article for submission.
The authors have no disclosures.
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