We report the case of a 9-year-old girl who sustained blunt trauma to the chest and presented for emergent repair of a complete tracheobronchial laceration. Tracheobronchial laceration is potentially life threatening. While conservative management has been described for simple tears, more complex injuries require surgical repair. We discuss the anesthetic challenges, airway management, and ventilation options for surgical repair in a child with a complex laceration involving the tracheobronchial tree.
From the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas.
Accepted for publication January 29, 2018.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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