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December 1971

A Skin-Lined Tube as a Complication of Tracheostomy

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn
From the departments of otolaryngology (Drs. Hughes and Kirchner) and pathology, (Dr. Branson, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn. Dr. Hughes is currently with the Old Westport Medical Association, Inc, Kansas City.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;94(6):568-570. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770070868013

A child who had undergone tracheostomy at 15 days of age and could not be decannulated died at 15 months of age after accidental decannulation. The larynx and cervical trachea were removed at autopsy. A skin-lined tracheostomy tract was found extending from the surface of the neck into the lumen of the trachea. This lesion explains the decannulation failure and represents a previously undescribed complication of tracheostomy.

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