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Reminder of important clinical lesson
Tracheal stenosis mimicking severe acute asthma
  1. Ali Bin Sarwar Zubairi1,
  2. Babar Dildar1,
  3. Shahid Javed Husain1,
  4. Mohammad Faisal Khan2
  1. 1Department of Medicine, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
  2. 2Department of Anaesthesiology, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
  1. Correspondence to Ali Bin Sarwar Zubairi, ali.zubairi{at}


Post-intubation tracheal stenosis is a rare but serious clinical entity that rarely develops when intubation is less than a week. These patients may remain asymptomatic for a variable period and are often misdiagnosed as asthmatic. The authors report a case of a middle-aged lady who was initially misdiagnosed as having acute asthma after brief tracheal intubation.

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