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Presence of biofilm on adult tracheostomy tubes

October 1, 2010  |  Danny Meslemani, MD, Kathleen Yaremchuk, MD, and Michael Rontal, MD


We conducted a prospective observational study of tracheostomy tubes with three primary goals: (1) to identify the presence and location of bacterial biofilms on adult tubes, (2) to determine how soon after insertion of a tube the presence of a biofilm could be identified, and...

Safety of percutaneous dilational tracheostomy in coagulopathic patients

August 1, 2010  |  Vinciya Pandian, MSN, CRNP, Ravi S. Vaswani, BS, Marek A. Mirski, MD, PhD, Elliott Haut, MD, Shivam Gupta, MBBS, MPH, and Nasir I. Bhatti, MD


Coagulopathy is one of the relative contraindications to percutaneous dilational tracheostomy (PDT). We conducted a retrospective analysis of the records of 483 patients who had undergone PDT at Johns Hopkins Hospital from January 2000 through December 2007 to investigate the...

Primary malignant melanoma of the trachea: Case report

July 1, 2010  |  Engin Çekin, MD, Hakan Cincik, MD, Ismail Yilmaz, MD, and Atila Gungor, MD


A 22-year-old man was admitted with complaints of dyspnea and hoarseness. Laryngoscopy and computed tomography of the neck revealed a 1.5 x 2-cm solid mass obstructing the trachea. The black, pedunculated mass was completely removed through a tracheal incision, and a...

Acute tracheitis

July 1, 2010  |  James A. Heilman, BA, Swapna K. Chandran, MD, and Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

Pediatric tracheotomy in special populations: Comparison of operative times and survival

June 1, 2010  |  Catherine A. Craig, MD, Ashley Brooke Robey, MD, and Debora W. Goebel, MD


We conducted a retrospective study to analyze various aspects of tracheotomy in children with abnormal laryngotracheal anatomy, a congenital cardiac anomaly, both, or neither. Our study population consisted of 53 children who had undergone tracheotomy performed by a single...

Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the trachea metastatic to the nasal cavity: A case report

December 1, 2009  |  Azita S. Khorsandi, MD, James E. Silberzweig, MD, Bruce M. Wenig, MD, Mark L. Urken, MD, and Roy A. Holliday, MD


Cases of carcinoma metastatic to the nasal cavity are rare. We report the case of a 63-year-old woman with a metastasis to the nasal cavity from a primary tracheal adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC). The nasal tumor was treated with surgical resection. No evidence of any local...

Tracheal amyloidosis-an unusual cause of stridor

May 1, 2009  |  Emer E. Lang, FRCS(ORL), Eimear Phelan, AFRCSI, and Helena Rowley, FRCS(ORL)


Amyloidosis confined to the trachea is an exceedingly rare entity. We describe the case of a 63-year-old man who presented with a history of dysphonia and stridor. Rigid bronchoscopy revealed a segment of abnormal tissue at the midtracheal level, resembling granulation tissue....

Idiopathic tracheal stenosis

April 1, 2009  |  Swapna K. Chandran, MD and Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

Tracheal diverticulum: A report of 4 cases

January 1, 2009  |  B.G. Sharma, MD


Tracheal diverticulum is a rare entity. When it does occur, it is usually discovered incidentally in an asymptomatic patient as an outpouching from the tracheal wall, usually on the right side. It can be either congenital or acquired. A tracheal diverticulum may act as a...

Tracheal diverticulum: A rare finding in a patient with worsening chronic cough

August 1, 2008  |  Gregory P. Danielson, MD, Veronika Jedlovszky, MD, and Gary P. Landrigan, MD


Acquired tracheal diverticulum is a rare clinical entity with only limited reports in the literature. We report a case of a tracheal diverticulum that was identified as part of a work-up for a worsening cough. In this case the diverticulum was observed 2 years after surgical...

Intratracheal ectopic thyroid tissue presenting with protracted airway obstruction: A case report

August 1, 2008  |  Mo Khan, MD, Peter G. Michaelson, MD, Major, USAF, MC, FS, and Michael L. Hinni, MD


Intratracheal ectopic thyroid tissue is a rare finding, with few cases reported in the literature. Ectopic thyroid tissue results when the thyroid gland fails to descend to its final position during early development. These lesions present in various locations, and the...

Near-complete tracheal ring deformity: A case report

July 1, 2008  |  Melissa L. Somers, MD and Dana L. Suskind, MD


Long-segment near-complete tracheal ring deformity is a rare condition with few documented cases. We present the case of a 7-week-old male with total anomalous pulmonary venous return and long-segment near-complete tracheal rings. We discuss the presentation, evaluation, and...


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