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Case of a missed airway stent migration
  1. Torben Smidt-Hansen and
  2. Torben Riis Rasmussen
  1. Department of Respiratory Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus C, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Dr Torben Riis Rasmussen, TRR{at}


This case report describes a rare complication to stent management of airway compression. An 84- year-old man was admitted to the outpatient clinic with haemoptysis, cough and dyspnoea. A CT scan showed an intraluminal, non-occluding tumour close to the right side of the main carina. A stent was inserted in the right main bronchus. The patient was, 7 months later, admitted to the emergency room with severe cough and dyspnoea. The stent was produced during a coughing spell. Retrospective investigation of available imaging revealed that the stent had been dislodged to a nearly ’perfect’ position in the left main bronchus several months earlier which, however, had not been noticed and thus not reported by the radiologist describing the CT. The possibility of a right-left confusion should always be kept in mind, especially if a patient presents with renewed symptoms that should have been managed successfully.

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  • Contributors Both authors have contributed to the writing of the submitted manuscript. TSH has had the primary contact with the patient and has acquired the patients consent to report his case story. He has subsequently discussed and written the case report in collaboration with the coauthor. TRR has discussed the case and participated in the writing of the case report in collaboration with the coauthor.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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