An autopsy case of iatrogenic tracheoesophageal fistula secondary to tracheostomy

Ritesh G. Menezes, Sadip Pant, Sampath Chandra Prasad, Jagadish Rao Padubidri, Prashanth Prabhu, Francis N.P. Monteiro, Tanuj Kanchan, Raghavendra Babu Yallapur Prahalad, Prashantha Bhagavath, Manjunath Sathyanarayan Achar, Savita Lasrado

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Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is an uncommon but life-threatening sequel of prolonged use of a cuffed tracheostomy tube. We describe a patient who developed a TEF after a tracheostomy done for management of head injury due to a road traffic mishap. The patient subsequently died of sepsis after bilateral bronchopneumonia. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first autopsy case of iatrogenic TEF after tracheal intubation reported in forensic literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-79
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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