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Differential presentation of post tracheostomy bleeding: a case series

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The relief of upper airway obstruction is one of the indications for tracheostomy. However, this procedure is not without its complications. We present a case series where post tracheostomy bleeding results in life-threatening sequelae in the form of torrential haemorrhage and sudden airway obstruction from clot. The latter presentation can present a diagnostic conundrum that could prove fatal if not rapidly identified.

Keywords: airway obstruction; bronchoscopy; hemorrhage; tracheostomy

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Anaesthesia and Surgical Intensive Care, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore

Publication date: 2003-09-01

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