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Case Report
Volume 4, Issue 8 (August Issue)

Traumatic Bronchial Rupture - A Clinical Case Report

Francisca Godinho Oliveira*, Inês Barreto, Rita Branquinho Pinheiro, Cátia Pereira, Francisco Freitas and Paula Monteiro

Northern Lisbon University Hospital Centre Department of Pneumology, Portugal

*Corresponding author: Francisca Godinho Oliveira, Northern Lisbon University Hospital Centre Department of Pneumology, Portugal. E-mail: franciscagodinholiveira@gmail.com

Received: July 27, 2022; Accepted: August 04, 2022; Published: August 15, 2022

Citation: Oliveira FG, Barreto I, Pinheiro RB, et al. Traumatic Bronchial Rupture - A Clinical Case Report. Clin Image Case Rep J. 2022; 4(8): 254.

Abstract

Blunt chest trauma with post-traumatic tracheobronchial rupture is a rare (0.5-5%) but life-threatening injury. In 25-68% of the cases, the diagnosis of blunt main stem bronchus injuries is delayed, which may lead to complete bronchial obstruction and atelectasis 6 to 21 days after the rupture. Clinical manifestations are variable and non-specific, and 10% of the patients are asymptomatic. An early diagnosis is paramount to reduce its morbidity and mortality. This clinical case emphasizes the major role of flexible bronchoscopy in the approach of patients with blunt chest trauma.

Keywords: Bronchoscopy; Bronchus; Trauma; Rupture