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Journal of the Korean Society of Neonatology 2012;19(3):154-157.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5385/jksn.2012.19.3.154    Published online December 24, 2012.
Bronchial Perforation Complicating Endotracheal Intubation in an Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant.
Yoo Rha Hong
Department of Pediatrics, Kosin University Gospel Hospital, Kosin University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. pondhong@gmail.com
Bronchial injury is a rare and serious complication of endotracheal intubation in neonates. Bronchial perforation following tracheal intubation causes a high-volume air leak mimicking pneumothorax and pneumomediastinum, and it may result in intraventricular hemorrhage, mediastinitis and sepsis. I report my experience of diagnosing a main bronchial perforation in an extremely low birth weight infant, who had a high-volume air leak following tracheal intubation, which persisted after chest tube insertion.
Key Words: Bronchial perforation, Endotracheal intubation, Extremely low birth weight infant


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