Armored Tubes: An Unusual Chink in Armor !
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Armored tubes or flexometallic cuffed endotracheal tubes (FMCETTs) have a metallic or nylon spiral reinforcing wire enclosed on both interior and exterior by rubber, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), latex, or silicone.The most common reported cause of FMCETT obstruction is kinking caused by loosening of reinforcing spiral due to ethylene oxide sterilization/reuse and tube bite.We report an unusual leak in the armored tube whose timely detection saved a 60-year-old female posted for right maxillectomy and pectoralis major myocutaneous flap reconstruction for carcinoma right retromolar trigone, from airway catastrophe......

http://www.theiaforum.org/article.asp?issn=0973-0311;year=2016;volume=17;issue=2;spage=65;epage=66;aulast=Shah
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