Fractured Tracheostomy Tube Ingestion in a Pediatric Patient

Authors

  • Michie Jay D. Simtoco Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery The Medical City
  • Samantha Soriano–Castaneda Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery The Medical City; Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Rizal Medical Center; Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center
  • Daniel M. Alonzo Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery The Medical City
  • Maria Rina T. Reyes-Quintos Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery The Medical City; 4Department of Otorhinolaryngology College of Medicine - Philippine General Hospital University of the Philippines Manila

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32412/pjohns.v24i1.707

Keywords:

Tracheostomy, Complications, Foreign bodies, Pediatrics

Abstract

Objective: To report a case of fractured tracheotomy tube ingestion in a pediatric patient, discussing the clinical presentation, complications and management of tracheobronchial tree versus upper digestive tract foreign bodies.

 

Method:

            Design:   Case Report

            Setting:   Tertiary Private Hospital    

            Subject:   One

 

Results: A 4-year-old male child with unusual hypersensitivity to routine tracheotomy suctioning was discovered to have a fractured tracheotomy tube. Emergency radiographs localized the cannula in the abdomen and bronchoscopy was deferred. The foreign body was eventually passed out after 4 days

 

Conclusion:  Due diligence in diagnostics prior to bronchoscopy led to the avoidance of an unnecessary and sometimes complicated procedure. In developing countries with poor access to health care, the importance of regular tracheotomy follow-ups and periodic replacement cannot be overemphasized. A search of the English literature using Pubmed and Ovid search engines with keywords tracheostomy, foreign bodies, and pediatrics confirms that this is the first reported accidental ingestion of a fractured tracheotomy tube in a pediatric patient

 

Keywords: Tracheostomy, Complications, Foreign bodies, Pediatrics

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Published

2009-06-15

How to Cite

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Simtoco MJD, Soriano–Castaneda S, Alonzo DM, Reyes-Quintos MRT. Fractured Tracheostomy Tube Ingestion in a Pediatric Patient. Philipp J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg [Internet]. 2009 Jun. 15 [cited 2022 Aug. 19];24(1):18-20. Available from: https://pjohns.pso-hns.org/index.php/pjohns/article/view/707

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