Tracheobronchial cast

By JOM Staff


In June 2021, a 65-year-old male presented for respiratory distress, altered mental status, and tracheostomy bleeding. Emergency medical services reported the tracheostomy was placed approximately 11 days prior for squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue. Patient was bagged through his tracheostomy and was not responding to verbal stimuli. His vitals were: heart rate, 75; respiratory rate, 15; blood pressure, 162/117; and oxygen saturation, 92%.