Late cataclysmic hemorrhage from the innominate artery after tracheostomy.

@article{Hafez1984LateCH,
  title={Late cataclysmic hemorrhage from the innominate artery after tracheostomy.},
  author={Ayman Hafez and L. Couraud and Jean François Velly and A M Bruneteau},
  journal={The Thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon},
  year={1984},
  volume={32 5},
  pages={315-9}
}
We report on 12 patients sustaining late cataclysmic hemorrhage as a complication of tracheostomy or endotracheal intubation, resulting from erosion of the innominate artery. Four long-term survivors are reported. A number of surgical techniques was used and up-to-date management is briefly described. Our technique mainly consists of transecting and suturing the innominate artery without prior debridement. Innominate artery blood flow was not reestablished in all patients, thereby avoiding… CONTINUE READING