Tracheo-innominate fistula as a late complication of prolonged intubation in a patient with mycobacterium tuberculosis: a case report

Mariana Isaza-Meza, Juan Sebastián Benavides-Aristizábal, Leidy Tatiana Bautista-Cerón, María Alejandra Garzón-Parra, Claudia Inés Birchenall-Jiménez

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The tracheo-innominate fistula is a rare and potentially life-threatening entity that occurs in approximately less than 1% of patients after a tracheostomy. It occurs when the anterior wall of the trachea erodes and comes into contact with the posterior wall of the innominate artery or brachiocephalic trunk due to excessive pressure from the hyperinflation of the cuff over the mucosa, creating a fistulous tract. Clinically, it manifests as massive tracheal bleeding that puts the patient's life at imminent risk.
Original languageSpanish (Colombia)
JournalBull Natl Res Cent
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023

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