High tracheal bifurcation: An unusual cause of left bronchial obstruction

Karthik Ramakrishnan, Tom Karl, David Kilner, Nelson Alphonso

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Congenitally short trachea is an uncommon abnormality. It is characterized by a reduced number of tracheal cartilage rings. As a result, the carina is situated at a higher level than usual. That causes the left main bronchus to course abnormally behind the arch of the aorta, rendering it prone to compression. We report the case of an infant who underwent successful aortopexy of the aortic arch for this condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-701
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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