Three cases of respiratory failure and severe hypoxemia caused by blood clot obscuring the central airway are described. A technique to clear the airway using a no. 6 Fogarty balloon-tip embolectomy catheter inserted through a flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope was used in all three cases. Marked improvement and stabilization occurred while definitive therapy was undertaken.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Critical Care Medicine|
|State||Published - 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine