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Korean J Anesthesiol. 2005 Mar;48(3):320-323. Korean. Case Report.
Nam SH , Kil HK , Kim KB , Lee SJ , Kim DH , Koo BN .
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine,Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Anesthesia and Pain Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Tracheobronchial rupture is considered to be a life-threatening condition and most commonly occurs after blunt trauma to the neck or chest. However, single- and double-lumen endotracheal tubes can cause serious airway injury. The recognition of this complication and a knowledge of the possible contributory factors is critical, because failure to do so could result in lethal events. We report the case of a 63-year-old male patient who developed pneumomediastinum three days after routine orotracheal intubation.

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