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This case describes a case of massive haemorrhage via a tracheostomy tube that had eroded into a major artery. This rare complication is almost universally fatal without prompt identification and management. In this case, temporary control of the bleeding was achieved by placing a urinary catheter into the upper airway and inflating the balloon.

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This case report may help clinicians to have a prepared management plan for this rare medical crisis, and may improve patients' chance of survival.

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This page is a summary of: Successful emergency management of a bleeding tracheoinnominate fistula, BMJ Case Reports, December 2019, BMJ, DOI: 10.1136/bcr-2019-232257.
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