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Difficult intubation

Yong Tack Kong, Hyun Jung Lee, Ji Ung Na, Dong Hyuk Shin, Sang Kuk Han, Jeong Hun Lee, Pil Cho Choi
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of the GlideRite stylet with the conventional malleable stylet (CMS) in endotracheal intubation (ETI) by the Macintosh laryngoscope. METHODS: This study is a randomized, crossover, simulation study. Participants performed ETI using both the GlideRite stylet and the CMS in a normal airway model and a tongue edema model (simulated difficult airway resulting in lower percentage of glottic opening [POGO]). RESULTS: In both the normal and tongue edema models, all 36 participants successfully performed ETI with the two stylets on the first attempt...
March 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Jung-In Ko, Sang Ook Ha, Min Seok Koo, Miyoung Kwon, Jieun Kim, Jin Jeon, So Hee Park, Sangwoo Shim, Youjin Chang, Taejin Park
OBJECTIVE: Airway management in patients with suspected cervical spine injury is classified as a "difficult airway." The best device for managing difficult airways is not known. Therefore, we conducted an intubation study simulating patients with cervical spine injury using three devices: a conventional Macintosh laryngoscope, a video laryngoscope (GlideScope), and a fiberoptic bronchoscope (MAF-TM). Success rates, intubation time, and complication rates were compared. METHODS: Nine physician experts in airway management participated in this study...
December 2015: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Sunghwan Kim, Jeongmin Choi, Tae Han Kim, Seong-Ho Kong, Yun-Suhk Suh, Jong Pil Im, Hyuk-Joon Lee, Sang Gyun Kim, Seung-Yong Jeong, Joo Sung Kim, Han-Kwang Yang
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a prior gastrectomy on the difficulty of subsequent colonoscopy, and to identify the surgical factors related to difficult colonoscopies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with a prior gastrectomy who had undergone a colonoscopy between 2011 and 2014 (n=482) were matched (1:6) to patients with no history of gastrectomy (n=2,892). Cecal insertion time, intubation failure, and bowel clearance score were compared between the gastrectomy and control groups, as was a newly generated comprehensive parameter for a difficult/incomplete colonoscopy (cecal intubation failure, cecal insertion time >12...
September 2016: Journal of Gastric Cancer
John F Gamble, Dinesh J Kurian, Andrea G Udani, Nathaniel H Greene
We present a case of a 3-month-old female with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome (WHS) undergoing general anesthesia for laparoscopic gastrostomy tube placement with a focus on airway management. WHS is a rare 4p microdeletion syndrome resulting in multiple congenital abnormalities, including craniofacial deformities. Microcephaly, micrognathia, and glossoptosis are common features in WHS patients and risk factors for a pediatric airway that is potentially difficult to intubate. We discuss anesthesia strategies for airway preparation and management in a WHS patient requiring general anesthesia with endotracheal intubation...
2016: Case Reports in Pediatrics
Jonathan Kei, Donald P Mebust
BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that an adult 8.0 endotracheal tube (ETT) connected to a neonatal meconium aspirator would improve suctioning during emergent endotracheal intubation compared to the Yankauer suction instrument, the standard tool used by emergency physicians. OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to compare the effectiveness of a Yankauer vs. an ETT-meconium aspirator set-up in suctioning liquids of different viscosities. METHODS: The Yankauer and ETT-meconium aspirator device underwent a head-to-head timed comparison, suctioning 250 mL of three different fluids, varying in viscosity...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Michael T Long, Matthew P Murray
Tongue entrapments within bottles are very rare childhood mishaps. The most immediate hazard in a tongue entrapment is airway obstruction. Tongue entrapment is an airway emergency; contingency planning to maintain airway patency, oxygenation, and ventilation is critical. Here, we report the case of a 5-year-old girl presenting to a pediatric emergency department with an increasingly popular novelty soda bottle, featuring a unique and dangerous design, entrapped on her tongue. Operative removal was anticipated...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Deepak Dwivedi, Vidhu Bhatnagar, Urvashi Tandon, Kavitha Jinjil
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September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Radhe Sharan, Brij Mohan, Harkomal Kaur, Anju Bala
BACKGROUND: Fiberoptic intubation is a technique commonly used for difficult airways. Conscious sedation is desirable to make this procedure tolerable, and it is essential that patients are cooperative, relaxed, and comfortable especially when difficult airway anatomy or pathology is encountered. OBJECTIVE: To compare the safety and efficacy of propofol versus midazolam in oral fiberoptic endotracheal intubation in terms of hemodynamic changes, level of sedation, ease of intubation, and patient comfort and complications...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
J Ulrici, G Hempel, M Sasse, J Vollrath, C Höhne
BACKGROUND: Overweight and obesity are increasing problems in pediatric anesthesia. This observational study was designed to examine how airway-related complications occur in overweight children and adolescents during general anesthesia and if this is a relevant problem in Germany. METHODS: From October 2008 until August 2009, at the university clinic in Leipzig, 504 in- and outpatients, aged 2-18 years, ASA I-III, undergoing elective procedures (ENT and pediatric surgery), were observed...
October 10, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
Myungju Shin, Sun Joon Bai, Ki-Young Lee, Ein Oh, Hyun Joo Kim
We hypothesized that the McGRATH MAC would decrease the time of intubation compared to C-MAC for novices. Thirty-nine medical students who had used the Macintosh blade to intubate a manikin fewer than 3 times were recruited. The participants performed sequential intubations on the manikin in two simulated settings that included a normal airway and a difficult airway (tongue edema). The intubation time, success rate of intubation, Cormack-Lehane grade at laryngoscopy, and difficulty using the device were recorded...
2016: BioMed Research International
Anders K Nørskov, Charlotte V Rosenstock, Lars H Lundstrøm
INTRODUCTION: Difficult airway management is associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. Several preoperative risk factors associated with airway management difficulties have been proposed; however, no clear guideline for airway assessments exists. We therefore hypothesised that Danish airway assessment was lacking uniformity. We aimed to examine whether multivariable risk assessment tools and predictors for difficult intubation and mask ventilation were used systematically...
October 2016: Danish Medical Journal
Emmanuel Caruana, Sylvie Chevret, Romain Pirracchio
BACKGROUND: The benefit of cricoid pressure during tracheal intubation is still debated and, due to its potential negative impact on laryngeal views, its routine use is questioned. The goal of this study was to estimate its impact on laryngeal view. METHODS: All patients intubated in the prehospital setting were included. Three different propensity score (PS) models were used and compared in terms of the balance achieved between those patients who received cricoid pressure and those who did not...
September 30, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Andreas Moritz, Sebastian Heinrich, Andrea Irouschek, Torsten Birkholz, Johannes Prottengeier, Joachim Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Single-use plastic blades (SUPB) and single-use metal blades (SUMB) for direct laryngoscopy and tracheal intubation have not yet been compared with reusable metal blades (RUMB) in difficult airway scenarios. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our manikin study was to compare the effectiveness of these different laryngoscope blades in a difficult airway scenario, as well as in a difficult airway scenario with simulated severe inhalation injury. METHODS: Thirty anesthetists performed tracheal intubation (TI) with each of the three laryngoscope blades in the two scenario manikins...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
L España Fuente, P de la Rica Fernández, J L González González
Laryngeal cysts are largely asymptomatic and typically described in the context of incidental discovery on routine laryngoscopy. These cysts, in adults are even rarer and can have catastrophic consequences in an anaesthetized patient if airway management is inappropriate. We describe a case of difficult endotracheal intubation and the treatment of an adult patient with an asymptomatic, giant vallecular cyst that was discovered during rapid-sequence induction of general anesthesia in urgent surgery. In conclusion, vallecular cysts can cause extreme problems in securing the airway...
September 27, 2016: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
Ricardo Fuentes, Juan Carlos De la Cuadra, Hector Lacassie, Alejandro González
: Neonates and small infants with craniofacial malformation may be very difficult or impossible to mask ventilate or intubate. We would like to report the fiberoptic intubation of a small infant with Treacher Collins Syndrome using the technique described by Ellis et al. CASE REPORT: An one month-old infant with Treacher Collins Syndrome was scheduled for mandibular surgery under general endotracheal anesthesia. Direct laryngoscopy for oral intubation failed to reveal the glottis...
September 27, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Soon Eu Chong, Rhendra Hardy Mohammad Zaini, Ikhwan Wan Mohd Rubi, Jo Anne Lim
Mask ventilation is one of the most important skills in airway management. Difficulty in mask ventilation can become life threatening if it is associated with difficulty in intubation during general anesthesia. We report a potential impossible ventilation condition which was safely and easily overcome with appropriate innovative modification of an Opsite adhesive film.
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Shadab Kamal, Qazi Ehsan Ali, Syed Hussain Amir, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Krochi Pal
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Anticipated and unanticipated difficult airways are often encountered by anesthesiologists in their clinical practice. There are various devices available in such situations. We aim to compare King Vision video laryngoscope and Lightwand for their performance as an intubating device in predicted difficult intubation. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, single blind study. SETTING: Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College. PATIENTS: Sixty ASA 1 and 2 with Mallampati grade III and IV...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Lakshmi N Kurnutala, Gurneet Sandhu, Sergio D Bergese
A 62-year-old man with a left temporal lobe tumor was scheduled for a semiurgent craniotomy for tumor excision. Previously, the patient had a laryngeal carcinoma that was resected and treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy and a history of laryngeal biopsy with awake fiberoptic intubation. Because a difficult airway was anticipated, awake fiberoptic nasopharyngoscopy of the airway was performed under topical anesthesia in the operating room. This revealed a narrow glottic opening with no supraglottic pathology or friable tissue...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Nathan H Waldron, Bryant W Stolp, Michael P Ogilvie, David B Powers, Michael R Shaughnessy
We present the case report of a 49-year-old gentleman with a history of adenoid cystic carcinoma of the left nare status post curative bifrontal craniotomy, left lateral rhinotomy and medial maxillectomy, adjuvant radiotherapy, and orbital exenteration for optic neuropathy, complicated by medial wall dehiscence. His course was also complicated by severe radiation trismus, for which he was scheduled to undergo bilateral mandibular coronoidectomies. Given his limited mouth opening, the surgeon requested a nasal endotracheal tube...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Sung Hye Byun, So Young Lee, Seong Yeon Hong, Taeha Ryu, Baek Jin Kim, Jin Yong Jung
INTRODUCTION: In fetuses who are predicted to be at risk of catastrophic airway obstruction at delivery, the ex utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) procedure is useful for securing the fetal airway while maintaining fetal oxygenation via placental circulation. Factors, including poor posture of the fetus and physician, narrow visual field, and issues of contamination in the aseptic surgical field, make fetal intubation during the EXIT procedure difficult. Herein, we report our experience of the usefulness of the GlideScope video laryngoscope (GVL) for intubation during the EXIT procedure...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
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