Endotracheal malposition with lung collapse

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Altered GCS meriting the need for intubation. Post intubation check film.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Female

Endotracheal tube tip in the right main bronchus.

Collapse of the left lung.

Right lung clear.


Endotracheal tube repositioning.

Endotracheal tube tip suitable sited in the trachea.

The left lung has reinflated.  

Right lung clear.

Case Discussion

Always check the lines and tubes.   

A dramatic film from a malpositioned endotracheal tube and a quick return to normal after resiting of the tube.

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Case information

rID: 76248
Published: 17th Apr 2020
Last edited: 17th Apr 2020
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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