Year : 2021  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 447-449

Tracheoesophageal fistula in a COVID-19 patient

1 Department of Anesthesiology, Centro Hospitalar do Tâmega e Sousa, Penafiel, Portugal
2 Department of Intensive Care, Centro Hospitalar do Tâmega e Sousa, Penafiel, Portugal

Correspondence Address:
Cristiana Pereira
Department of Anesthesiology, Centro Hospitalar do Tâmega e Sousa; Avenida do Hospital Padre Américo, 210, 4564-007, Penafiel
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DOI: 10.4103/sja.sja_294_21

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The number of patients requiring admission in intensive care units and prolonged invasive mechanical ventilation (MV) has increased significantly during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) following prolonged invasive MV is a rare condition. Numerous COVID-19 pathophysiological mechanisms and treatment-related effects might support the increase of tracheal complications in this subgroup of patients. We report a case of TEF in a COVID-19 patient submitted to prolonged invasive MV and discuss its diagnosis and management.

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