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VOLUME 13 , ISSUE 2 ( June, 2009 ) > List of Articles


Airway bleed after percutaneous tracheostomy is not always procedure-related

Amit Singhal, C. S. Pramesh

Keywords : Bleeding, complications, percutaneous tracheostomy

Citation Information : Singhal A, Pramesh CS. Airway bleed after percutaneous tracheostomy is not always procedure-related. Indian J Crit Care Med 2009; 13 (2):96-98.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.56057

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-07-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2009; The Author(s).


Tracheotomies are the most frequent surgical procedures performed in the intensive care unit. We present a case of major hemorrhage that occurred in the intensive care unit during an elective percutaneous dilational tracheostomy in a 46-year-old female diagnosed with multiple myeloma. The patient was later taken to the operation theatre and procedure-related cause of bleeding was ruled out. It was subsequently realized that the cause of bleeding was intrapulmonary and occurred coincidently with the tracheostomy.

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