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Nitinol stent insertion in tracheomalacia
  1. Carmen Pizarro1,
  2. Darius Dabir2,
  3. Georg Nickenig1,
  4. Dirk Skowasch1
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine II, Cardiology, Pneumology and Angiology, University Hospital Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  2. 2Department of Radiology, University Hospital Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Dr Carmen Pizarro, Department of Internal Medicine II, Cardiology, Pneumology and Angiology, University Hospital Bonn, Sigmund-Freud-Straße 25, Bonn 53105, Germany; carmen.pizarro{at}ukb.uni-bonn.de

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A 69-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with progressive dyspnoea accompanied by inspiratory stridor. He presented a history of surgical aortic valve replacement 3 years previously, complicated by prolonged postoperative mechanical ventilation requiring percutaneous tracheostomy. Presently, bronchoscopy evidenced tracheomalacia (TM) with subtotal tracheal stenosis. CT scan confirmed long segment narrowing >20 mm of the upper trachea (figure 1). Operative retracheostomy resulted in repeated tube dislocation …

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