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Complications of Percutaneous Tracheostomy*

Thierry Briche, MD; Yvon Le Manach, MD; Bruno Pats, MD
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*From the Departments of Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck Surgery (Dr. Briche) and the Intensive Care Unit (Drs. Le Manach and Pats), Hôpital d’Instruction des Armées Percy, Clamart Cedex, France.

Correspondence to: Thierry Briche, MD, Service ORL et Chirurgie de la Face et du Cou, Hôpital d’Instruction des Armées Percy, 101, avenue Henri Barbusse, 92141 Clamart Cedex, France; e-mail: t_briche@club-internet.fr



Chest. 2001;119(4):1282-1283. doi:10.1378/chest.119.4.1282
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Percutaneous tracheostomy is a technique that, reputedly, is simple to perform and causes few complications. It is routinely used in intensive care. We present two patients with tracheal stenosis. In one patient, we had to perform an anastomotic resection to cure the patient; in the other patient, we had to place an endoluminal conformer. To our knowledge, this complication has not been reported in association with the use of this technique.


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