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Sudden onset of stridor in a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

  • Ivana Stankovic EMAIL logo , Tatjana Pejcic , Aleksandar Nagorni and Snezana Zivanovic


We are presenting a case of acute stridor in a 78-year-old patient with a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In the left lateral pulmonary graph, a shadow with levels was noticed. An expiratory and inspiratory plateau was recorded on the flow-volume curve. Bronchological examination ruled out the presence of bronchial and tracheal obstruction. Extramural tracheal compression was confirmed. Proximal endoscopy and barium meal examination were performed. As a result, the patient was diagnosed with hiatal hernia which had caused the acute stridor. The patient was referred to a surgeon.

Corresponding author: Ivana Stankovic, Knjazevacka 135, 18000 Nis, Serbia

Received: 2011-7-1
Accepted: 2011-8-12
Published Online: 2012-05-01
Published in Print: 2012-05-01

©2012 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin Boston

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