A case report of a patient with tracheobronchopathia osteochondroplastica with difficult intubation

R. Kamura, M. Terashima, M. Shirahata

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A 63 year old woman was scheduled to undergo thyroidectomy for malignant struma. Although her chest X ray showed no abnormality, and endotracheal tube (I.D 8.0 mm or 7.5 mm) could not be inserted into her trachea. The pathological examination of a part of her trachea revealed tracheobronchopathia osteochondroplastica (T.O.). T.O is a relatively rare disease in which small nodules develop in the trachea and major bronchi. Clinically there is no pathognomonic sign or symptom, and patients are almost asymptomatic. This patient was diagnosed as a result of difficult intubation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1272-1274
Number of pages3
JournalJapanese Journal of Anesthesiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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