Misplaced endotracheal tube

A misplaced or malpositioned endotracheal tube a relatively common complication that is detected on post intubation radiographs.

Complications

  • if the ETT is too high it can rub against the vocal cords and cause cord trauma
  • if the ETT is too low it can selectively intubate the right or left mainstem bronchus (see: endobronchial intubation)
  • oesophageal intubation should be suspected with progressive gaseous distention of the stomach while the lung volumes remain low

Differential diagnosis

 


Chest x-ray
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Article Information

rID: 12655
System: Chest
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Misplaced ETT
  • Misplaced endotracheal tubes
  • Malpositioned endotracheal tube
  • Malpositioned ETT

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    Case 2: ETT in right mainstem bronchus
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    Case 3: ETT in right mainstem bronchus
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    Case 3: in coronal plane
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