Anesthetic breathing circuit obstruction mimicking severe bronchospasm: An unusual manufacturing defect

Chien Hui Yang, Kuan Hung Chen, Ying En Lee, Chung Ren Lin

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Abstract

We report an unexpected ventilation difficulty with an anesthetic breathing circuit in a pediatric patient receiving left herniorrhaphy. A manufacturing defect in a limb of the anesthetic breathing circuit caused this problem. This defect induced a high-pitched, wheezing-like sound, which was difficult to differentiate from a hyper-reactive airway, commonly seen in pediatric patients with recent upper respiratory tract infection. We recommend that the patency of the anesthetic breathing circuit should routinely be examined before connecting it to the anesthesia machine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-37
Number of pages3
JournalActa Anaesthesiologica Taiwanica
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Mar

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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