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Clare A Johnson, Diana S Goodwine, Ingrid Passier
We present a case of a 57-year-old man who fell while climbing a mountain in California and sustained severe facial trauma. Three firefighters and 2 emergency physicians witnessed the fall and resuscitated the patient. The patient ultimately required a surgical cricothyrotomy performed with a pocket knife and Platypus hydration pack. The physicians made a makeshift positive pressure airway device using the Platypus hydration pack. We believe this is the first case report describing an improvised cricothyrotomy performed in the wilderness using only hiking gear...
October 18, 2016: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
Anuja Bandyopadhyay, A Ioana Cristea, Stephanie D Davis, Veda L Ackerman, James E Slaven, Hasnaa E Jalou, Deborah C Givan, Ameet Daftary
RATIONALE: There is a lack of evidence regarding factors associated with failure of tracheostomy decannulation. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to identify characteristics of pediatric patients who fail a tracheostomy decannulation challenge Methods: A retrospective review was performed on all patients who had a decannulation challenge at a tertiary care center from June 2006 to October 2013. Tracheostomy decannulation failure was defined as reinsertion of the tracheostomy tube within 6 months of the challenge...
October 21, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
David E Rosow, Jamal Ahmed
Importance: Adult laryngotracheal stenosis (LTS) is typically managed surgically, but some patients fail treatment because of rapid restenosis or granulation tissue formation. The need for frequent surgery or tracheostomy reduces the quality of life in these patients and poses a significant challenge for the treating physician. New adjuvant treatments are required to reduce the surgical burden of this condition. Objective: To examine whether patients with rapidly recurrent nonvasculitic LTS who fail surgical management of their stenosis (ie, requiring dilation more frequently than every 6 months) experience longer intervals between surgical procedures when receiving adjuvant treatment with low-dose methotrexate...
October 20, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Rupert M Pearse, Tom E Abbott, Richard Haslop, Tahania Ahmad, Brennan C Kahan, Claudia Filipini, Andrew Rhodes, Marco Ranieri
BACKGROUND: Over 300 million patients undergo surgery worldwide each year. Postoperative morbidity - particularly respiratory complications - are most frequent and severe among high-risk patients undergoing major abdominal surgery. However, standard treatments, like physiotherapy or supplemental oxygen, often fail to prevent these. Preliminary research suggests that prophylactic continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) can reduce the risk of postoperative respiratory complications...
October 20, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
Hsueh-Yu Li, Yu-Lun Lo, Chao-Jan Wang, Li-Jen Hsin, Wan-Ni Lin, Tuan-Jen Fang, Li-Ang Lee
Surgical success for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) depends on identifying sites of obstruction in the upper airway. In this study, we investigated sites of obstruction by evaluating dynamic changes in the upper airway using drug-induced sleep computed tomography (DI-SCT) in patients with OSA. Thirty-five adult patients with OSA were prospectively enrolled. Sleep was induced with propofol under light sedation (bispectral index 70-75), and low-dose 320-detector row CT was performed for 10 seconds over a span of 2-3 respiratory cycles with supporting a continuous positive airway pressure model...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
R Nirupa, Satinder Gombar, Vanita Ahuja, Preeti Sharma
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: i-gel™ is a newer supraglottic airway device with a unique non-inflatable cuff. We aimed to compare i-gel™ with ProSeal™ laryngeal mask airway (PLMA™) in children scheduled for surgery under general anaesthesia (GA) with controlled ventilation. METHODS: This prospective, randomised controlled study was conducted in 100 surgical patients, aged 2-6 years of American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status I-II scheduled under GA. Patients were randomly allocated to receive either size 2 i-gel™ or PLMA™ as an airway device...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
Anil Gungor
Pediatric OSAS and craniofacial malformations present challenges that require innovative approaches and comprehensive treatment strategies. Synchronous airway lesions, craniofacial malformations, obstructive anomalies of the tongue base, nasal vault and choanae are commonly addressed by subspecialists from various clinical and surgical academic traditions who practice variable levels of required communication. This is not a mere social requirement but an important requisite for intelligent and effective airway management...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Martin Wolley, Diane Cowley, Ashraf Ahmed, Richard Gordon, Michael Stowasser
OBJECTIVE: Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is known to commonly co-exist with primary aldosteronism (PA), but it is unknown if treatment via mineralocorticoid receptor blockade or adrenalectomy (for aldosterone producing adenoma, APA), improves sleep apnoea parameters in these patients. We therefore aimed to determine if specific medical or surgical treatment of PA improves OSA, as measured by the apnoea hypopnoea index (AHI). DESIGN AND METHOD: Patients undergoing diagnostic workup for PA were recruited if they had symptoms suggestive of OSA...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Chikoti Wheat, Ryan J Bickley, Erik Cohen, Danya Wenzler, Nancy Hunter, Donna Astiz
We describe a case of a 24-year-old male presenting urgently with a juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma (JNA) with difficulty breathing, inability to swallow, and respiratory distress following throat swelling. The swelling was reduced with administration of dexamethasone and the JNA was surgically resected within 48 hours. This presentation was atypical given the acuity of presentation and the patient's older age.
2016: Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Ruofei Bu, Hillel Price, Sorin Mitran, Carlton Zdanski, Amy L Oldenburg
Quantitative endoscopic imaging is at the vanguard of novel techniques in the assessment upper airway obstruction. Anatomic optical coherence tomography (aOCT) has the potential to provide the geometry of the airway lumen with high-resolution and in 4 dimensions. By coupling aOCT with measurements of pressure, optical coherence elastography (OCE) can be performed to characterize airway wall stiffness. This can aid in identifying regions of dynamic collapse as well as informing computational fluid dynamics modeling to aid in surgical decision-making...
2016: Proceedings of SPIE
Mathew Clark, Esma Birisci, Jordan E Anderson, Christina M Anliker, Micheal A Bryant, Craig Downs, Abdallah Dalabih
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics calls for prolonged fasting times before performing pediatric procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA). PSA is increasingly provided to children outside of the operating theater by sedation trained pediatric providers and does not require airway manipulation. We investigated the safety of a shorter fasting time compared to a longer and guideline compliant fasting time. We tried to identify the association between fasting time and sedation-related complications...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
P Rani, V R Hemanth Kumar, M Ravishankar, T Sivashanmugam, R Sripriya, M Trilogasundary
BACKGROUND: Fentanyl and dexmedetomidine have been tried to attenuate airway and circulatory reflexes during emergence and extubation individually but have not been compared with respect to the level of sedation to evolve a reliable technique for rapid and smooth extubation. AIM: To compare the effects of fentanyl and dexmedetomidine in attenuating airway and circulatory reflexes during emergence and extubation of the endotracheal tube. SETTING AND DESIGN: This double-blind, randomized, controlled study was done in patients undergoing surgery under general anesthesia belonging to the American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status 1 or 2...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Paola Serio, Raffaella Nenna, Valentina Fainardi, Laura Grisotto, Annibale Biggeri, Roberto Leone, Luigi Arcieri, Marco Di Maurizio, Denise Colosimo, Roberto Baggi, Bruno Murzi, Lorenzo Mirabile, Fabio Midulla
OBJECTIVES: Surgery for vascular anomalies can occasionally fail to relieve symptoms, especially when severe tracheobronchial malacia persists. We studied outcomes in children who underwent airway stenting for severe post-surgical airway malacia and tested known clinical and surgical prognostic factors. METHODS: Among 257 children evaluated for tracheobronchial vascular compression, we reviewed the clinical charts for the 59 patients (23%) who underwent surgery...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Mark A D'Agostino
The standard treatment for patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy. However when PAP therapy fails, surgery maybe an option to alleviate the obstruction. The base of tongue plays an important role in this obstruction, and addressing the tongue base surgically can be a challenge for the head and neck surgeon. Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) using the da Vinci Surgical System provides a safe and effective way to approach and manage the base of tongue and supraglottis...
October 11, 2016: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Jeffrey Dorrity, Nicholas Wirtz, Oleg Froymovich, David Hamlar
Surgical intervention for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a complex topic. The discussion involves intricate procedures targeting specific areas of the upper airway. Because of the wide variety of physiologic and anatomic causes of this disorder it is important to tailor the treatment to offer the patient the best possible outcome. Genioglossus, hyoid, and tongue base procedures should be considered among theses treatment options.
October 11, 2016: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Joseph Em van Agteren, Kristin V Carson, Leong Ung Tiong, Brian J Smith
BACKGROUND: Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) performed to treat patients with severe diffuse emphysema was reintroduced in the nineties. Lung volume reduction surgery aims to resect damaged emphysematous lung tissue, thereby increasing elastic properties of the lung. This treatment is hypothesised to improve long-term daily functioning and quality of life, although it may be costly and may be associated with risks of morbidity and mortality. Ten years have passed since the last version of this review was prepared, prompting us to perform an update...
October 14, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Menekse Oksar
Although anesthetic requirements for minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques have been described in detail and applied successfully since the early 2000s, most of the literature on this subject has dealt with cranial cases that were operated on in the supine or sitting positions. However, spinal surgery has also used minimally invasive techniques that were performed in prone position for more than 30 years to date. Although procedures in both these neurosurgical techniques require the patient to be awake for a certain period of time, the main surgical difference with minimally invasive spinal surgery is that the patients are in the prone position, which may result in increased requirement of airway management because of deep sedation...
2016: TheScientificWorldJournal
J S Park, D K Chan, S R Parikh, A K Meyer, K W Rosbe
OBJECTIVE: To study the efficacy of surgical management for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome in children with hypotonia, and to identify common anatomic sites of airway obstruction. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of polysomnographic parameters and quality of life instrument scores for seventy eight children with hypotonia who underwent surgical intervention for sleep-disordered breathing at two tertiary children's hospitals, and analysis of drug-induced sleep endoscopy data using a previously validated scoring system...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Nikita Kohli, Dana DeCarlo, Nira A Goldstein, Joshua Silverman
OUTCOME OBJECTIVE: For over fifty years, otolaryngologists, allergists, and immunologists have debated the effect of adenoidectomy or adenotonsillectomy on asthma outcomes in children. Although some have suggested that adenotonsillectomy may contribute to the subsequent development of asthma in children, others have argued that a common mechanism may cause both upper and lower airway disease, and that children who have symptoms severe enough to warrant adenotonsillectomy are also at increased risk of asthma and atopic disease...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Samuel A Mickelson
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common condition, primarily caused by narrowing of the nasal and pharyngeal airway. Treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is considered the first line of therapy, but long-term compliance is only about 40%, often because of nasal obstruction. Any nasal obstruction can worsen CPAP compliance. Treatment of the nasal obstruction with topical nasal steroid sprays or nasal dilators has been shown to improve sleep disordered breathing. Surgical treatment of nasal obstruction, has been shown to improve sleep disordered breathing, as well as CPAP requirement and compliance with CPAP...
October 6, 2016: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
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