Tracheoesophageal fistula and tracheo-subclavian artery fistula after tracheostomy

Hung, Jung-Jyh; Hsu, Han-Shui; Huang, Chien-Sheng; Yang, Kuang-Yao
October 2007
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery;Oct2007, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p676
Academic Journal
Abstract: Tracheoesophageal fistula and tracheo-arterial fistula are both uncommon but life-threatening complications after a tracheostomy. The most common source of a major hemorrhage is from the tracheo-innominate artery fistula. Most tracheo-arterial fistulas occur within the first 3 weeks after tracheostomy. We describe a very rare case of a patient who developed both a tracheoesophageal fistula and massive hemorrhage from a tracheo-left subclavian artery fistula 4 months after a tracheostomy procedure.


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