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Medical image of the week: tracheoesophageal fistula

Author(s): Wong C | Malo J | Knepler J

Journal: Southwest Journal of Pulmonary and Critical Care
ISSN 2160-6773

Volume: 6;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 277;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: complication | oat cell carcinoma | small cell carcinoma | tracheoesophageal fistula

A 51 year old woman with a history of tracheal and bronchial stents for airway impingment from small cell carcinoma was intubated for respiratory failure. After prolonged intubation, she underwent tracheostomy to transition into hospice. The tracheal stent was removed during the procedure due to its location. A tracheoesophageal fistula was demonstrated by visualization of her feeding tube on bronchoscopy performed the next day. The patient underwent palliative ablation of the tracheal tumor and died several days later in hospice.
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