Case report: A ball valve blood clot in the airways – life-saving whole tube suction
1 Anaesthesiologist-Intensivist, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 Pulmonologist, Department of Pulmonology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3 Internist-Intensivist, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Critical Care 2004, 8:R289-R290 doi:10.1186/cc2903Published: 28 June 2004
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.