Modified endotracheal tube: Emergency alternative to paediatric tracheostomy tube

M. Kurien*, R. Raviraj, J. Mathew, I. Kaliaperumal, S. Ninan

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Background: In an emergency, the non-availability of a conventional paediatric tracheostomy tube is a therapeutic challenge for the attending surgeon.Objective: To describe a simple alternative to a paediatric tracheostomy tube for use in an emergency situation.Method: Case report of a 14-year-old boy who developed tracheomalacia following partial cricotracheal resection for subglottic stenosis. As a suitably sized tracheostomy tube (with a long narrow segment) was not available, an endotracheal tube was modified and used successfully. Details of the modification, and a relevant literature review, are also discussed.Conclusion: In the paediatric age group, when an appropriately sized tracheostomy tube is not available, a modified endotracheal tube is a simple temporary alternative; this may be especially useful in an emergency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-731
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Intubations, Endotracheal
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Tracheostomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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