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VOLUME 16 , ISSUE 1 ( January, 2012 ) > List of Articles


Complete bronchial transaction due to severe blunt trauma and chest; treatment and outcomes: A distinct entity

Rikki Singal, Ashwani K. Dalal, Usha Dalal, Ashok K. Attri, Samita Gupta, Rakesh Sadhu, Pradeep Sahu

Keywords : Air-leak, asphyxia, traumatic, broncho- pulmonary, fistula, surgery

Citation Information : Singal R, Dalal AK, Dalal U, Attri AK, Gupta S, Sadhu R, Sahu P. Complete bronchial transaction due to severe blunt trauma and chest; treatment and outcomes: A distinct entity. Indian J Crit Care Med 2012; 16 (1):31-33.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.94429

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-01-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; The Author(s).


An 18-year-young male patient came to the emergency department with history of severe blunt trauma. He was having respiratory distress and diagnosed as bronchial injury on the right side. A chest tube was put immediately and there was continuous air leak in the form of air bubbles in the intercostal chest tube bag with each inspiratory effort. Chest injury can be a life-threatening condition, if not managed timely and properly. Bronchoscopy showed injury over the right main bronchus. The features of this uncommon entity are discussed, with special emphasis on early diagnosis and surgical management.

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