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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 518-520

Recannulation of a stenosed old tracheostomy wound in vocal-cord palsy: Anaesthetic management

Department of Anesthesiology, M. G. M. Medical College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Rashmi Pal
Department of Anesthesiology, M. G. M. Medical College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.89893

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Tracheostomy still remains a life-saving procedure to secure a patent airway in emergency situations. Anaesthetic management of tracheostomy in paediatric patients with bilateral vocal cord immobility and acute respiratory distress in emergency has always been a great challenge to the anaesthesiologists. Administering general anaesthesia in a child for recannulation of tracheostomy in emergency is far more challenging. We report a case of a 4-year-old male child in whom tracheostomy tube was accidentally removed 2 months back and the wound got stenosed gradually leading to acute respiratory distress. Emergency dilatation and recannulation of tracheostomy wound was planned under general anaesthesia and the case was managed successfully.

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