• Vol. 42 No. 10, 549–551
  • 15 October 2013

Blood Clot Causing a Valve Effect in a Tracheostomy

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Percutaneous tracheostomy is commonly done in critically ill patients in the intensive care as compared to open tracheostomy. It is known to be associated with lower incidence of peristomal bleeding and infection as compared to open surgery. Patients on anticoagulation may develop haematoma spontaneously in their airways causing airway
obstruction. However there is no contraindication to perform percutaneous tracheostomy in a patient previously on anticoagulation but with corrected coagulation profile.

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