Korean J Anesthesiol.  2010 Aug;59(2):123-126. 10.4097/kjae.2010.59.2.123.

Cardiac arrest induced by tension pneumothorax during ventilating bronchoscopy: A case report

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. kimjintae73@dreamwiz.com

Abstract

Tension pneumothorax during ventilating bronchoscopy for foreign body removal is a rare but life-threatening complication. The authors present a case of cardiac arrest caused by tension pneumothorax in a 9-month-old girl who underwent ventilating bronchoscopy for foreign body (peanut) removal. Tension pneumothorax was due to tracheobronchial lacerations caused by a bronchoscope. The patient was successfully resuscitated by cardiopulmonary resuscitation and chest tube insertion. The airway injury was effectively repaired by thoracotomy under extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

Keyword

Cardiac arrest; Tension pneumothorax; Ventilating bronchoscopy

MeSH Terms

Bronchoscopes
Bronchoscopy
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Chest Tubes
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Foreign Bodies
Heart Arrest
Humans
Infant
Lacerations
Pneumothorax
Thoracotomy
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