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Fracture and aspiration of a tracheostomy tube
  1. Tze Ling Loh1,2,
  2. Ronald Chin3,
  3. Peter Flynn4,
  4. Shruti Jayachandra3
  1. 1Nepean Hospital, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3Department of ENT, Nepean Hospital, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia
  4. 4Department of Thoracic Surgery, Nepean Hospital, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ronald Chin, drronaldchin{at}


A 70-year-old woman presented with a fracture and aspiration of her polyvinyl chloride tracheostomy tube. Her chest X-ray showed that a foreign body was lodged in the right main bronchus. She was otherwise asymptomatic. The foreign body was removed under general anaesthesia using a flexible bronchoscope. The patient developed pneumonia after the procedure and was admitted to the intensive care unit. She was discharged home 5 days after the event with no permanent complications.

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