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Challenging Lung Isolation Secondary to Aberrant Tracheobronchial Anatomy.
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PMID:  21304151     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Aberrant tracheobronchial anatomy is reported at an incidence of approximately 10% and most frequently involves the segmental and subsegmental bronchi. The most relevant abnormality to the practice of anesthesiology is the presence of a tracheal bronchus. Although typically an asymptomatic finding during bronchoscopy, a tracheal bronchus has important implications for airway management and lung isolation. Coexisting abnormalities may further complicate lung isolation. We describe a patient with a tracheal bronchus, coexisting with a left-shifted carina and apically retracted left mainstem bronchus, presenting for right extrapleural pneumonectomy. Attempts to place a left-sided double-lumen endotracheal tube were unsuccessful. We discuss our solution, review the literature, and present potential solutions for lung isolation in patients with a tracheal bronchus.
Sarah H Wiser; Philip M Hartigan
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-2-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anesthesia and analgesia     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1526-7598     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
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Created Date:  2011-2-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  1310650     Medline TA:  Anesth Analg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
From the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
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