Korean J Anesthesiol.  2017 Dec;70(6):648-651. 10.4097/kjae.2017.70.6.648.

Humble Foley's catheter to the rescue in a case of T-tube insertion: a case report

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  • 1Department of Anesthesia, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Hari Nagar, New Delhi, India. singhpraneet87@gmail.com

Abstract

The Montgomery T-tube poses a challenge to anesthesiologists because of loss of anesthetic gases through the open proximal end of the vertical limb and lack of standard anesthesia circuit connectors. Here, we present a case of a 25-year-old woman with a reported history of accidental strangulation 18 months previously. The patient had a metallic tracheostomy tube in situ due to the development of tracheal stenosis. Computed tomography showed significant narrowing in a 7-8-mm segment, 2 cm proximal to the tracheostomy tube in situ. She was scheduled for tracheal reconstruction surgery and T-tube insertion due to persistent subglottic stenosis. In this case, the Foley's catheter, which was inserted into the glottis orally, not only aided easy insertion of the T-tube into the trachea through the tracheal stoma, but also enabled us to stop the loss of anesthetic gases through the proximal vertical limb of the T-tube.

Keyword

Foley's catheter; Tracheal stenosis; T-tube

MeSH Terms

Adult
Anesthesia
Anesthetics, Inhalation
Catheters*
Constriction, Pathologic
Extremities
Female
Glottis
Humans
Trachea
Tracheal Stenosis
Tracheostomy
Anesthetics, Inhalation
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