Trachea-innominate artery fistula: retrospective comparison of treatment methods.

  title={Trachea-innominate artery fistula: retrospective comparison of treatment methods.},
  author={F Y Yang and E. Criado and Jesse A. Schwartz and Blair A. Keagy and B R Wilcox},
  journal={Southern medical journal},
  volume={81 6},
A fistula between the trachea and the innominate artery, a potentially fatal complication of tracheostomy, can be managed successfully. We have derived several guidelines from our experience with one such case and from a review of the 36 cases reported in the literature over the last decade. Diagnosis must be established before exsanguination occurs. Bronchoscopy and angiography are often nondiagnostic. Control of hemorrhage and a patent airway are the initial goals of treatment. Interruption… CONTINUE READING