Emergency airway clot removal in acute hemorrhagic respiratory failure

Roblee P Allen, A. D. Siefkin

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)985-986
Number of pages2
JournalCritical Care Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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