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Inadvertent Pneumothorax Caused by Intubating Bougie and Its Timely Management

Ammaiappan Shanmugapriya and Santha Arul .


Adjuvant devices such as bougies and stylets are very useful and are a part of every difficult intubation cart. They are not only used during difficult intubation but also a modality to exchange endotracheal tubes in the ICU. Despite their popularity, they do have certain disadvantages. Here we present a case of pneumothorax that was caused by an intubating bougie which was however identified and the timely intervention of the same lead to an uneventful recovery by the patient.

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