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Discovery of a rare aberrant artery overlying trachea during open tracheostomy
  1. Man Ting Florence Tai and
  2. Siu Kuen Lui
  1. Anaesthesia, Yan Chai Hospital, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  1. Correspondence to Dr Man Ting Florence Tai; taimt{at}


Tracheostomy is a common surgical procedure for securing a patent airway. Anatomical variations of major vessels overlying the trachea may pose significant bleeding risk during the procedure. Hence, thorough preoperative assessment of the neck and surgeon’s intraoperative vigilance are essential. Open tracheostomy is a safer option than percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy. Extra caution with stoma wound care and change of tracheostomy tube are necessary postoperatively if any major vessel is detected in close proximity with the tracheal stoma.

  • Anaesthesia
  • Ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • Intensive care

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  • Contributors MTFT wrote the manuscript with support from SKL.

  • 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.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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