Tracheal lacerations after endotracheal intubation: a proposed morphological classification to guide non-surgical treatment.

@article{Cardillo2010TrachealLA,
  title={Tracheal lacerations after endotracheal intubation: a proposed morphological classification to guide non-surgical treatment.},
  author={Giuseppe Cardillo and Luigi Carbone and Francesco Carleo and Sandro Batzella and Raffaelle Dello Jacono and Gabriele Lucantoni and Giovanni Galluccio},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  year={2010},
  volume={37 3},
  pages={581-7}
}
OBJECTIVE Postintubation tracheobronchial lacerations (PITLs) are traditionally managed surgically. We sought to evaluate the rationale for non-surgical management of PITL. METHODS From January 2003 to November 2008, 30 patients with PITL were observed in our institution. PITL were graded as follows: Level I - mucosal or submucosal tracheal involvement without mediastinal emphysema and without oesophageal injury; Level II - tracheal lesion up to the muscular wall with subcutaneous or… CONTINUE READING

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