Laryngectomized patients use a variety of tools for tracheostomy
cleaning, some of which may vary greatly
depending on their sociocultural status. The use of inappropriate
tools may lead to complications. A seventyeight-
year-old male patient who had a history of total
laryngectomy 12 years ago presented with difficulty in
breathing and sputum production. Tracheoscopy
showed two nails and chest x-rays showed one nail that
had been aspirated during stromal care. The three ordinary
nails were removed under general anesthesia.
This case illustrates the need for detailed and consistent
education of laryngectomy patients on proper stomal
cleaning and on the associated complications that may
arise from the use of inappropriate tools.
FREE FULL TEXTAnahtar Kelimeler: Bronş; dispne/etyoloji; yabancı cisim/etyoloji/radyografi/komplikasyon; larenjektomi; trakea.