Indian Journal of Anaesthesia

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 171--174

Unmasking of tracheomalacia following short-term mechanical ventilation in a patient of adult respiratory distress syndrome


Harihar V Hegde1, Ravi L Bhat1, Raghunath D Shanbag2, MP Bharat3, P Raghavendra Rao1 
1 Department of Anaesthesiology, SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
2 Department of ENT, SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Radiodiagnosis, SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Harihar V Hegde
Department of Anaesthesiology, SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka - 580 009
India

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are susceptible to airway malacia, which may be unmasked following mechanical ventilation or tracheostomy decannulation. Dynamic imaging of central airways, a non-invasive test as effective as bronchoscopy to diagnose airway malacia, has increased the recognition of this disorder. We describe a 70-year-old woman admitted with adult respiratory distress syndrome. She had cardiorespiratory arrest on admission, from which she was successfully resuscitated. She had obesity, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, recurrent ventricular tachycardia, sarcoidosis with interstitial lung disease and COPD. She received short-term (18 days) mechanical ventilation with tracheostomy and developed respiratory distress following tracheostomy decannulation.


How to cite this article:
Hegde HV, Bhat RL, Shanbag RD, Bharat M P, Rao P R. Unmasking of tracheomalacia following short-term mechanical ventilation in a patient of adult respiratory distress syndrome.Indian J Anaesth 2012;56:171-174


How to cite this URL:
Hegde HV, Bhat RL, Shanbag RD, Bharat M P, Rao P R. Unmasking of tracheomalacia following short-term mechanical ventilation in a patient of adult respiratory distress syndrome. Indian J Anaesth [serial online] 2012 [cited 2020 Jan 22 ];56:171-174
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