Rigid bronchoscopy for chronic foreign body removal can cause rare but life-threatening complications in the form of tension pneumothorax. A two-year-old child who developed sudden cardiac arrest during the procedure required urgent chest tube insertion. Integrated team effort with effective communication prevented devastating neurological sequelae from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
imaging, intensive care, intercostal tube, respiratory, resuscitation, rigid bronchoscopy, tension pneumothorax, tracheobronchial foreign body
Kumar A, Shiwalkar N, Aslam H, Persaud P. Tension Pneumothorax During Rigid Bronchoscopy for Chronic Foreign Body Removal in a Child: A Case Report. Cureus. 2019; 11(9). doi: 10.7759/cureus.5628.