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Article
March 1969

Aerophagia: An Unrecognized Complication of Tracheotomy

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn

From the Section of Otolaryngology, Dept of Surgery, Yale-New Haven Medical Center, the Yale University School of Medicine, and the Section of Otolaryngology, Dept of Surgery, Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, Conn.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(3):537-539. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020539017
Abstract

IN SPITE of the dramatic improvement which can be obtained in the sick patient by tracheotomy, the physician performing this procedure must be continually aware of the complications which can arise. One of these is aerophagia, which can produce respiratory difficulty and even death if not corrected. This is not an uncommon complication and deserves more attention both by physicians and other persons associated with care of the patient with a tracheotomy.

Report of Cases  Case 1.—A 2-month-old boy was admitted from another hospital for evaluation of a heart murmur and recurrent respiratory distress. The cardiac problem was diagnosed as a simple functional murmur and no evidence of cardiovascular insufficiency could be found. The respiratory distress, manifested by varying degrees of stridor, was localized to the area of the larynx and was thought to be due to relative enlargement of the supraglottic bands. The stridor daily became more pronounced with

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