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Cricothyrotomy, failed airway management, angioedema

A G Chiu, K A Newkirk, B J Davidson, A R Burningham, E J Krowiak, Z E Deeb
Angioedema is a nonpitting edema of which the presentation ranges from benign facial swelling to airway obstruction managed by intubation or tracheotomy. The presentation of this disease is reviewed, and a treatment algorithm based on initial signs and symptoms is proposed for proper airway management. We performed a retrospective review of 108 patients treated in 2 tertiary care centers in the Washington, DC, area over a 5-year period. Ninety-eight patients (90.7%) were African-American, and 81 (75%) were female...
September 2001: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
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