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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 193-195

Tracheal necrosis with surgical emphysema following thyroidectomy

Department of Surgical Oncology, Army Hospital (R and R), Delhi Cantt, Delhi - 110 010, India

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A Chauhan
Department of Surgical Oncology, Army Hospital (R and R), Delhi Cantt, Delhi - 110 010
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DOI: 10.4103/0022-3859.57401

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Tracheal necrosis after thyroidectomy is an extremely rare event with only a few published reports. We present a case of a 65-year-old male who developed rapidly progressive surgical emphysema of face and upper thorax on the seventh day following total thyroidectomy. Prompt surgical exploration of neck revealed a tracheal rent at the level of the second tracheal ring. This hole was then refashioned into a formal tracheostomy. Patient had an eventful recovery. Tracheostomy was closed by the 14 th day. The complication was probably related to tracheal injury sustained due to electro-coagulation and subsequent secondary infection.


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