Title

Common Carotid Artery Laceration and Innominate Artery Pseudo-Aneurysm Following a Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy Attempt

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2014

Description

Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) has become an appropriate alternative to conventional surgical tracheostomy. It is now performed worldwide by a diverse array of physician specialists. Although adverse events are relatively uncommon, serious complications can arise from this bedside procedure. We report a patient who suffered life-threatening hemorrhage from a common carotid artery laceration and pseudo-aneurysm formation in the innominate artery following an elective PDT procedure.

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