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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr1220092517.
Published online 2010 October 12. doi:  10.1136/bcr.12.2009.2517
PMCID: PMC3029208
Reminder of important clinical lesson

Tracheal stenosis mimicking severe acute asthma


Post-intubation tracheal stenosis is a rare but serious clinical entity that rarely develops when intubation is less than a week. These patients may remain asymptomatic for a variable period and are often misdiagnosed as asthmatic. The authors report a case of a middle-aged lady who was initially misdiagnosed as having acute asthma after brief tracheal intubation.

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