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Case of a tracheal diverticulum causing airway obstruction
  1. John Ellis1,
  2. Stephanie Hightower1,
  3. David Hostler2
  1. 1 Department of Medicine, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  2. 2 Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu , Hawaii , USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr John Ellis, Internal Medicine Department, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA; john.s.ellis{at}

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  • Contributors JE prepared the manuscript and photos with significant help from SH. DH was the attending physician and helped guide the publication and provided necessary editing and feedback.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.