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Canadian Anaesthetists’ Society Journal

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 437–439 | Cite as

Unilateral pulmonary oedema: A case report

  • Patrick W. Knapp
  • Joseph L. Seltzer
Article

Summary

We have presented a case of unilateral pulmonary oedema which we feel is secondary to obstruction of the right main bronchus during spontaneous respiration. An anode tracheal tube was introduced through a tracheostomy during operation in a man with pre-existing pulmonary and cardiac disease. At the end of the anaesthetic, acute obstruction to ventilation of the right main bronchus developed with the tube still in place and the patient breathing spontaneously. The obstruction was relieved, by repositioning of the tracheal tube, but not before the patient developed right unilateral pulmonary oedema.

Keywords

Tracheal Tube Main Bronchus Breath Sound Inspiratory Effort Croup 
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RéSUMé

Une sonde trachéale métallisée fut introduite par trachéotomie chez un vieillard atteint de maladies cardiaque et pulmonaire. A la fin de ľanesthésie, une obstruction aigue de la bronche souche droite s’est produite alors que le malade respirait spontanément. Le retrait de la sonde a permis de corriger ľobstruction mais le malade était déjà en crise ďœdème aigu du poumon droit seul. En étudiant ta séquence des événements et parce que ľœdème se limitait à un seul poumon, les auteurs concluent que la cause en était ľobstruction ďune bronche souche.

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© Canadian Anesthesiologists 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick W. Knapp
    • 1
  • Joseph L. Seltzer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyState University of New York, Upstate Medical CenterSyracuse

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