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VOLUME 20 , ISSUE 5 ( 2016 ) > List of Articles


A rare complication of tracheal intubation

Chandran Nadarajan

Keywords : Endobronchial intubation, left main bronchus intubation, right main bronchus intubation

Citation Information : Nadarajan C. A rare complication of tracheal intubation. Indian J Crit Care Med 2016; 20 (5):299-301.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.182209

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-12-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; The Author(s).


Accidental endobronchial intubation is a frequent complication in critically ill patients requiring tracheal intubation (TI). If such complication occurs, it is more often the right main bronchus that is intubated due to anatomical reasons. Left main bronchus (LMB) intubation is rare. Here, we report a case with auscultatory, bronchoscopic, and radiographic evidence of accidental LMB intubation in a pregnant woman with dengue shock syndrome. We highlight this case to increase awareness about this possible-but-rare complication of TI.

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