A tracheal or bronchial rupture is a tear or break in the windpipe (trachea) or bronchial tubes, the major airways leading to the lungs. A tear can also occur in the tissue lining the windpipe.
Torn tracheal mucosa; Bronchial rupture
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The injury may be caused by:
- Sores (ulcerations) due to foreign objects
- Trauma, such as a gunshot wound or automobile accident
Injuries to the trachea or bronchi also may occur during medical procedures (for example,