Intraoperative herniation of a tracheostomy tube cuff

Y. Bar-Lavie, A. Gatot, Ferit Tovi

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A case of intraoperative tracheostomy tube obstruction is reported. The clinical features and the chain of events leading to the diagnosis of cuff herniation are presented. The different mechanisms of hemiation are discussed. In the present case we speculate that a manufacturing defect together with nitrous oxide diffusion into the cuff caused dilatation and hemiation of the latter which led to obstruction of the distal tube lumen. We draw attention to this rare but life-threatening complication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-160
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Airway obstruction
  • Tracheostomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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