A case is presented of a female with respiratory distress who was initially treated as having asthma. Her chest x-ray was normal but tracheal tomograms revealed a tracheal tumour almost completely occluding the tracheal lumen. The impending tracheal occlusion was managed with femoral-femoral cardiopulmonary bypass instituted under local anaesthesia prior to induction of anaesthesia and diagnostic bronchoscopy and airway establishment with tracheal intubation. Other indications for the use of cardiopulmonary bypass prior to the induction of anaesthesia are reviewed.
- cardiopulmonary bypass
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine