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Case Reports in Anesthesiology
Volume 2012, Article ID 801093, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/801093
Case Report

Inability to Ventilate after Tube Exchange Postoperative to Pneumonectomy

1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Catharina Hospital Eindhoven, Michelangelolaan 2, 5623 EJ Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2Department of Anesthesiology, Catharina Hospital Eindhoven, Michelangelolaan 2, 5623 EJ Eindhoven, The Netherlands
3Department of Pulmonary Disease, Catharina Hospital Eindhoven, Michelangelolaan 2, 5623 EJ Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Received 28 December 2011; Accepted 6 February 2012

Academic Editors: M. R. Chakravarthy and H. Shankar

Copyright © 2012 S. E. Verstraeten et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We report a case of inability to ventilate a patient after completion of pneumonectomy, due to migrated tumor tissue to the contralateral side. This represents an unusual complication with a high mortality rate. We have managed to find the cause in time and were able to remove the obstructive tissue using bronchoscopy.