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Air Leak with Abdominal Distension in Severe ARDS: Beware of Tracheoesophageal Fistula!

Rajathadri H Ravikumar, Mrudula Prasanna, Dalim K Baidya

Keywords : Acute respiratory distress syndrome, Case report, Tracheoesophageal fistula, Tuberculosis

Citation Information : Ravikumar RH, Prasanna M, Baidya DK. Air Leak with Abdominal Distension in Severe ARDS: Beware of Tracheoesophageal Fistula!. 2024; 3 (2):49-50.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11006-0094

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 15-03-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2024; The Author(s).


Introduction: The management of mechanical ventilation in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) poses a significant challenge. This complexity is further heightened when ARDS is compounded by the presence of tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF), presenting an exceptionally formidable obstacle. Case description: We present a case report detailing a young female patient diagnosed with severe tuberculous ARDS accompanied by a persistent air leaks. Our report delves into the challenges encountered in the identification, diagnosis, and subsequent management of this unique and complex clinical presentation. Conclusion: To achieve early identification and effective treatment of TEF, it is crucial to maintain both a high clinical suspicion and have a comprehensive knowledge of potential risk factors.

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