STEPHEN G. PAUKER, M.D.
To the editor: The recent article by Hahn and Beaty (1) was a welcome substantiation of the validity of a technique that I have utilized with great success. It might be well to point out one potential danger of transtracheal aspiration and the usefulness of a closely related technique.
If the intracatheter is introduced too deeply it may impinge on the posterior wall of the trachea, which may be lacerated if the patient moves or coughs. I am aware of one case where this resulted in an unrecognized hematoma in this position and lead to death by asphyxiation. This underscores
STEPHEN G. PAUKER. Transtracheal Aspiration. Ann Intern Med. 1970;73:142–143. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-73-1-142_2
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(1):142-143.
Copyright © 2017 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use