Endotracheal Intubation - Complications

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What are the complications of endotracheal intubation?

If the tube is inadvertently placed in the esophagus (right behind the trachea), adequate respirations will not occur. Brain damage, cardiac arrest, and death can occur. Aspiration of stomach contents can result in pneumonia and ARDS. Placement of the tube too deep can result in only one lung being ventilated and can result in a pneumothorax as well as inadequate ventilation. During endotracheal tube placement, damage can also occur to the teeth, the soft tissues in the back of the throat, as well as the vocal cords.

This procedure should be performed by a physician with experience in intubation. In the vast majority of cases of intubation, no significant complications occur.

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Comment from: Miller49, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 25

I was recently admitted to hospital with pneumonia and after collapsing I had endotracheal intubation. On recovering I have since had problems with numbness in the right side of my tongue with weakness in my lips causing me to slightly dribble. The symptoms are very similar to having a stroke but I have had tests done with no evidence of having a stroke. I wonder if it is possible that when I was incubated damage could have been done to the nerves that involve my tongue and lips.

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Comment from: Big Boy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 07

Just a few days ago I had an emergency and had to be given so much medicine to keep me from hurting myself. But I almost did just that as I in some kind of way came to and removed the intubation tube. My family was told that if the nurse had not been by my side and acted quickly the results could have been devastating. At the moment I am trying to regain my strength while having trouble with breathing when I do anything, and coughing. But I'm not sure if any of that is from the intubation or almost hurting myself. It was an encephalitis type thing that had happened to me so I had no idea what I was doing.

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