Rupture of the left main-stem bronchus with a polyvinylchloride double-lumen tube.

Chest

PubMedID: 6851700

Burton NA, Fall SM, Lyons T, Graeber GM. Rupture of the left main-stem bronchus with a polyvinylchloride double-lumen tube. Chest. 1983;83(6):928-9.
Double-lumen tubes have proved to be a useful adjunct in thoracic surgery. Their use has become quite commonplace, particularly since the introduction of the softer polyvinylchloride (PVC) tubes, which are technically easier to use and may carry less risk for serious complications. Any such tube, however, can cause life-threatening complications. We present a case with such a complication related to the use of a PVC double-lumen tube and make recommendations regarding the use of these tubes to minimize the risk of serious intraoperative complications.