A case of chest traumatic bronchial rupture, manifested by bronchial web in bronchoscopy

J. J. Shim, S. H. Han, J. G. Lee, J. Y. Cho, K. H. In, K. T. Kim, S. H. Yoo, K. H. Kang

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The incidence of traumatic rupture of the tracheobronchial tree has been increased considerably with advent of widespread mechanization and high speed era. Rupture of the bronchus is an unusual result of nonpenetrating trauma to chest. Early diagnosis and primary repair not only restore normal lung function but also avoid difficulties and complications associated with delayed diagnosis and repair. These complications are pneumonia, atelectasis and lung abscess secondary to the broncnial obstruction. We experienced a case of partial rupture on left main bronchus caused by nonpenetrating blunt chest trauma with rib fractures 1 year ago. He was suffered from progressively developing dyspnea on exercise and treated as bronchial asthma at other hospital. Bronchoscopic finding was the narrowed lumen of left main bronchus at 1 cm from carina by web-like membrane. We confirmed by bronchogram and repaired by end to end anastomosis, which is rare delayed finding in bronchial rupture without pulmonary complications. We report a case of nonpenetrating traumatic bronchial rupture, manifested by bronchial web in bronchoscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)574-578
Number of pages5
JournalTuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • bronchial rupture
  • delayed repair
  • nonpenetrating trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases


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