Right upper lobe tracheal bronchus: Anesthetic challenge in one-lung ventilated patients - A report of three cases

Dong Kyu Lee, Young Min Kim, Heezoo Kim, Sang Ho Lim

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Abstract

Tracheal bronchus (TB) is an aberrant, accessary or ectopic bronchus arising almost exclusively from the right side of the tracheal wall above the carina. In our center, 673 bronchoscopic examinations were performed from 2009 to 2011 in patients undergoing one lung ventilation (OLV) and 3 TB were found. The incidence of a TB at bronchoscopy was 0.45% in our research, which is consistent with the reported incidence range from 0.1-5%. The clinician should consider the possibility of anomalous right upper lobe bronchus and perform bronchoscopy prior to the right bronchial blocker insertion, when left-sided OLV using bronchial blocker is planned. Also, for the patient with TB, a double lumen tube insertion is recommended than a blocker insertion to achieve OLV completely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448-450
Number of pages3
JournalKorean Journal of Anesthesiology
Volume64
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May 1

Keywords

  • Bronchial blocker
  • Double lumen tube
  • One lung ventilation
  • Tracheal bronchus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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