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High mortality in patients with tracheoarterial fistulas: clinical experience and treatment recommendations

Reger, Brigitte ; Neu, Reiner ; Hofmann, Hans-Stefan ; Ried, Michael



Abstract

OBJECTIVES: A tracheoarterial fistula (TAF) is an uncommon but a critical complication of tracheostomy and represents a surgical emergency. Surgical therapy with ligation of the brachiocephalic trunk can be considered as the first choice of treatment to control massive and life-threatening haemorrhage. METHODS: We describe 3 cases of TAF in patients who had long-term placement of a tracheostomy ...

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