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Major tracheal disruption after emergency uncomplicated endotracheal intubation
  1. C Richards
  1. NHS Forth Valley, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Colin Richards, NHS Forth Valley, 3/2, 16 Elie Street, Glasgow G11 5HG, UK; colinhrichards{at}hotmail.com

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A 36-year-old woman presented as an emergency with decompensated alcoholic liver disease and sepsis from spontaneous bacterial peritonitis. Emergency intubation was carried out without difficulty (size 8 endotracheal tube without stylet). Chest x ray revealed suboptimal tube placement, so 8 ml of air was aspirated from the …

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