Tracheoinnominate fistula: a rare acute complication of penetrating neck injury.

Asian cardiovascular & thoracic annals

PubMedID: 24948779

Kulyapina A, Díaz DP, Rodríguez TS, Fuentes FT. Tracheoinnominate fistula: a rare acute complication of penetrating neck injury. Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2014;.
Penetrating injuries in the base of the neck are considered to be the most dangerous due to the potential combination of vascular and intrathoracic lesions. We describe an extremely rare case of combined injury of the trachea and innominate artery, which resulted in formation of a traumatic acute tracheoinnominate fistula. Previously, these fistulas have been described as an iatrogenic complication of tracheostomy, presenting with massive peristomal bleed or hemoptysis. This case demonstrates that a combination of lesions to vital anatomical structures in the neck can change their clinical presentation, making them extremely difficult to diagnose.