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The use of tracheostomy following major open cardiac surgery: a review of 64 cases
  1. John C. Nicholls1
  1. Brompton Hospital, London, S.W.3


    Sixty-four tracheostomies performed in the period September 1965 to August 1966 in patients undergoing major open-heart surgery are reviewed. The indications and complications are classified, and the high incidence of secondary infection is discussed briefly. Tracheal stenosis or dilatation occurred in six patients (9·4%) and the contributory factors are discussed in greater detail.

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    • 1 Present address: West Herts Hospital, Hemel Hempstead, Herts