Rapid Communication| Volume 40, ISSUE 6, e25-e27, June 2005

Esophageal atresia and severe respiratory failure—cuffed pediatric tracheal tubes as an additional therapeutic option?


      This article describes the use of a cuffed pediatric endotracheal tube occluding selectively the air leakage resulting from tracheoesophageal fistula in a preterm neonate with esophageal atresia and severe respiratory failure due to respiratory distress syndrome. The gastric distension resolved completely within 4 hours. Surgical correction was performed on the third day of life after respiratory stabilization.

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