Misplaced endotracheal tube

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[edit] Discussion

  • What happens it the ETT is too high?
    • ETT can rub against the vocal cords and cause cord trauma.
  • What happens if the ETT is too low?
    • ETT can selectively intubate the right or left mainstem bronchus.
  • Esophagus can also be intubated
    • Suspect esophageal intubation when there is progressive gaseous distention of the stomach while the lung volumes remain low.

[edit] Images

Patient #1: No left breath sounds post intubation

Patient #2: Esophageal intubation

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[edit] References

  • Katz, Douglas S., et al. Radiology Secrets. Hanley & Belfus, INC: 1998. ISBN 1560531584