The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2016 , Vol 58 , Num 1
An unusual complication of endotracheal intubation: ingestion of a bulb in a premature neonate
Özmert M.A. Özdemir 1 ,Ali Koçyiğit 2 ,Cem Çiçek 3 ,Uğur Koltuksuz 4 ,Hacer Ergin 1
1 Division of Neonatology, Pamukkale University Faculty of Medicine, Denizli, Turkey
2 Departments of Radiology, Pamukkale University Faculty of Medicine, Denizli, Turkey
3 Department of Pediatrics, Pamukkale University Faculty of Medicine, Denizli, Turkey
4 Departments of Pediatric Surgery, Pamukkale University Faculty of Medicine, Denizli, Turkey
DOI : 10.24953/turkjped.2016.01.021 Endotracheal intubation is a common daily procedure used for sustaining life in premature and term neonates in the neonatal intensive care unit. This procedure can be associated with some iatrogenic complications. One of these complications is ingesting a laryngoscope light bulb, and it is an extremely rare complication in neonates. The consequences of ingestion or aspiration may be serious and life-threatening. Herein, a male premature neonate, ingested a laryngoscope light bulb during endotracheal intubation because of surfactant replacement therapy, is reported. This case re-affirms the importance of checking the integrity of equipment before intubation effort. Keywords : endotracheal intubation, laryngoscope light bulb, ingestion, preterm
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