Table 1.

Airway-related complications of COVID-19 encountered by the acute respiratory disease support team

PathologyMain learning to consider
TracheobronchomalaciaRole of stenting
GlottitisLarge airway inflammation can be above tracheostomy site
Granulation tissue formationGranulation tissue formation can be above tracheostomy site; laser therapy is useful
Tracheal tear and dehiscenceCover with endotracheal tube/temporary stenting/role of BioGlue
Tracheal diverticulumSurveillance
Covid swab retentionUnconventional approach might be needed in difficult cases
  • COVID-19 = Coronavirus disease 2019.