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RMJ. 2016; 41(3): 379-381

Tracheocele presenting as a case of persistent difficult ventilation and subcutaneous emphysema post tracheostomy

Xing Yi Yeoh, Dina Hashim.

Tracheocele or tracheal diverticulum is rare, and seldom reported and majority are asymptomatic. We report a case of a tracheocele detected after persistent difficult ventilation post tracheostomy, with tube changing difficulty and persistent subcutaneous emphysema. Flexible endoscopy was performed and confirmed a blind ending pouch at the posterior tracheal wall. The tip of tracheostomy tube was repositioned beyond the pouch and emphysema resolved.

Key words: Tracheostomy, subcutaneous emphysema, difficult ventilation, post tracheostomy

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