Title
Authors
Luke Dixon, Salvador Diaz-Cano, Klaus-Martin Schulte
Publication date
2011/10/28
Journal name
BMJ case reports
Volume
2011
Pages
bcr0720114516
Publisher
BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
Description
Summary A 34-year-old woman with papillary thyroid carcinoma underwent total
thyroidectomy with central and lateral lymphadenectomy. Immediate airway compromise
required re-intubation immediately after surgery. Marked tracheal and bronchial collapse of
greater than 50% of the lumen indicated tracheobronchomalacia. Subsequent attempts at
extubation failed over the next week. The patient soon developed evidence of a lower
respiratory tract infection. Empirical treatment with penicillins was unsuccessful. A clinical ...
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