[Intraoperative and early postoperative complications of puncture-dilation tracheostomy in neurosurgical patients].

Anesteziologiia i reanimatologiia

PubMedID: 18540469

Gorshkov KM, Goriachev AS, Savin IN, Shchepetkov AN, Oshorov AV, Popugaev KA, Abramov TA, Fokin MS. [Intraoperative and early postoperative complications of puncture-dilation tracheostomy in neurosurgical patients]. Anesteziol Reanimatol. 2008;(2):75-9.
The paper provides a detailed analysis of the most common and clinically significant complications due to percutaneous dilation tracheostomy performed in 479 patients with neurosurgical diseases in 2002-2007. It also considers such complication of the technique, which is specific to neurosurgical patients, as elevated intracranial pressure (ICP), and describes a procedure of tracheostomy in patients with elevated ICP. Percutaneous dilation tracheostomy made by a skilled surgeon is shown to be effective and safe.