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A novel approach to the management of acute tracheal tear

  • B Creagh-Brown (a1), A Sheth (a1), A Crerar-Gilbert (a1) and B P Madden (a1)



We describe the emergency use of a covered, expandable, removable tracheal stent in a patient who developed a large posterior tracheal tear complicating endobronchial therapy for large airway obstruction.


Case report and review of the literature concerning management of acute tracheal tear.

Results and conclusion:

Our patient demonstrates that endotracheal stenting is an option for managing acute large airway tear. Moreover, the use of a removable stent allows not only for rapid closure of the defect but also removal once the defect has healed, thus avoiding long-term complications of stent deployment.


Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Professor Brendan Madden, Department of Cardiothoracic medicine, Atkinson Morley Wing, St George's Hospital, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 OQT, UK. E-mail:


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A novel approach to the management of acute tracheal tear

  • B Creagh-Brown (a1), A Sheth (a1), A Crerar-Gilbert (a1) and B P Madden (a1)


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