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1.  Case report: A ball valve blood clot in the airways – life-saving whole tube suction 
Critical Care  2004;8(5):R289-R290.
Respiratory tract obstruction due to a blood clot may result in life threatening ventilatory impairment. Ball valve blood clot obstructions of the airways are rare. A ball valve blood clot acts as a one-way valve, allowing (near) normal air entry into the airways, but (completely) blocking expiration. In a near fatal case of obstruction of the airways by a ball valve blood clot, we performed 'whole tube suction' to resolve the airway problem.
doi:10.1186/cc2903
PMCID: PMC1065016  PMID: 15469570
blood clot; airway obstruction; suction; tracheostomy

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