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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914206/is-ultrasound-a-valid-and-reliable-imaging-modality-for-airway-evaluation-an-observational-computed-tomographic-validation-study-using-submandibular-scanning-of-the-mouth-and-oropharynx
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Faraj W Abdallah, Eugene Yu, Phantila Cholvisudhi, Ahtsham U Niazi, Ki J Chin, Sherif Abbas, Vincent W Chan
OBJECTIVES: Ultrasound (US) imaging of the airway may be useful in predicting difficulty of airway management (DAM); but its use is limited by lack of proof of its validity and reliability. We sought to validate US imaging of the airway by comparison to CT-scan, and to assess its inter- and intra-observer reliability. We used submandibular sonographic imaging of the mouth and oropharynx to examine how well the ratio of tongue thickness to oral cavity height correlates with the ratio of tongue volume to oral cavity volume, an established tomographic measure of DAM...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913720/presentation-and-management-of-giant-fibrovascular-polyps-of-the-hypopharynx-and-esophagus
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Julina Ongkasuwan, C Lane Anzalone, Esperanza Salazar, Donald T Donovan
OBJECTIVE: Fibrovascular polyps of the hypopharynx and esophagus are rare, with few case reports in the literature. In this article, we present our institutional experience with a focus on airway and surgical management. STUDY DESIGN: Case series. SETTING: Tertiary academic institution. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted of 4 patients that presented to a tertiary medical center with fibrovascular polyps between 1990 and 2012...
January 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909609/emergency-difficult-airway-management-in-a-patient-with-severe-epidermolysis-bullosa
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Ahmet Selim Özkan, Gülay Erdoğan Kayhan, Sedat Akbaş, Osman Kaçmaz, Mahmut Durmuş
Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a rare disease characterised by vesiculobullous lesions with minimal trauma to the skin and mucous membranes. Bleeding, scar tissue, contractures, oedema and lesions that can spread throughout the body can cause a difficult airway and vascular access in patients with EB. Therefore, anaesthetic management in patients with EB is a major problem even for experienced anaesthesiologists. Herein, we report a case of difficult airway management in a patient diagnosed with severe EB who presented for emergency tracheostomy because of respiratory failure under general anaesthesia...
October 2016: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908701/inhibitory-effects-of-l-theanine-on-airway-inflammation-in-ovalbumin-induced-allergic-asthma
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Yong Pil Hwang, Sun Woo Jin, Jae Ho Choi, Chul Yung Choi, Hyung Gyun Kim, Se Jong Kim, Yongan Kim, Kyung Jin Lee, Young Chul Chung, Hye Gwang Jeong
L-theanine, a water-soluble amino acid isolated from green tea (Camellia sinensis), has anti-inflammatory activity, antioxidative properties, and hepatoprotective effects. However, the anti-allergic effect of L-theanine and its underlying molecular mechanisms have not been elucidated. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of L-theanine on asthmatic responses, particularly airway inflammation and oxidative stress modulation in an ovalbumin (OVA)-induced murine model of asthma. Treatment with L-theanine dramatically attenuated the extensive trafficking of inflammatory cells into bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF)...
November 28, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907966/getting-rid-of-weakness-in-the-icu-an-updated-approach-to-the-acute-management-of-myasthenia-gravis-and-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
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Alexis A Lizarraga, Karlo J Lizarraga, Michael Benatar
After prompt diagnosis, severe myasthenia gravis and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) usually require management in the intensive care unit. In the myasthenic patient, recognition of precipitating factors is paramount, and frequent monitoring of bulbar, upper airway, and/or respiratory muscle strength is needed to identify impending myasthenic crisis. Noninvasive ventilation can be attempted prior to intubation and mechanical ventilation in the setting of respiratory failure. Cholinesterase inhibitors should be discontinued, but resumed prior to extubation, and steroid dosage could be increased once the airway is secured...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905186/severe-asthma-current-management-targeted-therapies-and-future-directions-a-roundtable-report
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REVIEW
Vanessa M McDonald, Steven Maltby, Helen K Reddel, Gregory G King, Peter A B Wark, Lorraine Smith, John W Upham, Alan L James, Guy B Marks, Peter G Gibson
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by respiratory symptoms, airway inflammation, airway obstruction and airway hyper-responsiveness. Asthma is common and directly affects 10% of Australians, 1-5% of adults in Asia and 300 million people worldwide. It is a heterogeneous disorder with many clinical, molecular, biological and pathophysiological phenotypes. Current management strategies successfully treat the majority of patients with asthma who have access to them. However, there is a subset of an estimated 5-10% of patients with asthma who have severe disease and are disproportionately impacted by symptoms, exacerbations and overall illness burden...
November 30, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899532/long-term-management-for-ventilator-assisted-children-in-hong-kong-2-decades-experience
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Shuk-Kuen Chau, Ada Wing-Yan Yung, So-Lun Lee
BACKGROUND: The population of children receiving long-term mechanical ventilation is growing worldwide, but only limited data exist in Asian regions. The objective of the study was to review the management of these children in Hong Kong over the past 2 decades. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study. Hospital records from subjects receiving mechanical ventilation for >3 months were retrieved. Demographic characteristics and medical information of subjects (≤21 y old) under the care of the ventilator program at the Duchess of Kent Children's Hospital between 1997 and 2015 were reviewed...
November 29, 2016: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899469/emergency-surgical-airways-following-activation-of-a-difficult-airway-management-team-in-hospitalized-critically-ill-patients-a-case-series
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REVIEW
Joseph M Darby, Gregory Halenda, Courtney Chou, Joseph J Quinlan, Louis H Alarcon, Richard L Simmons
INTRODUCTION: An emergency surgical airway (ESA) is widely recommended for securing the airway in critically ill patients who cannot be intubated or ventilated. Little is known of the frequency, clinical circumstances, management methods, and outcomes of hospitalized critically ill patients in whom ESA is performed outside the emergency department or operating room environments. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all adult patients undergoing ESA in our intensive care units (ICUs) and other hospital units from 2008 to 2012 following activation of our difficult airway management team (DAMT)...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896179/clinical-factors-associated-with-the-non-operative-airway-management-of-patients-with-robin-sequence
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Frank P Albino, Benjamin C Wood, Kevin D Han, Sojung Yi, Mitchel Seruya, Gary F Rogers, Albert K Oh
BACKGROUND: The indications for surgical airway management in patients with Robin sequence (RS) and severe airway obstruction have not been well defined. While certain patients with RS clearly require surgical airway intervention and other patients just as clearly can be managed with conservative measures alone, a significant proportion of patients with RS present with a more confusing and ambiguous clinical course. The purpose of this study was to describe the clinical features and objective findings of patients with RS whose airways were successfully managed without surgical intervention...
November 2016: Archives of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895942/an-unusual-lacerated-tracheal-tube-during-le-fort-surgery-literature-review-and-case-report
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Preeta George, John E Fiadjoe, Allan F Simpao
Maxillofacial surgeries can present unique anesthetic challenges due to potentially complex anatomy and the close proximity of the patient's airway to the surgical field. Damage to the tracheal tube (TT) during maxillofacial surgery may lead to significant airway compromise. We report the management of a patient with a partially severed TT during Le Fort surgery for midfacial hypoplasia and management strategies based on peer-reviewed literature. This case illustrates the clinical clues associated with a damaged TT and explores the challenges of managing this potentially catastrophic issue...
2016: Case Reports in Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894559/helicopter-transport-in-regionalized-burn-care-one-program-s-perspective
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Benjamin Nicholson, Harinder Dhindsa
BACKGROUND: The decision to use helicopter EMS (HEMS) for the transport of burn patients is a complex decision. This analysis sought to evaluate burn patients flown to burn centers who met predetermined criteria for patients who likely benefit from HEMS care. METHODS: A retrospective transport chart review of all burn transports covering the preceding nine and a half years was conducted to evaluate for HEMS appropriate criteria defined as patients requiring advanced airway management, ventilator support, facial burns, inhalation injury, circumferential burns, electrical or chemical burn, or major burns...
November 2016: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894434/pediatric-airway-and-esophageal-foreign-bodies
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REVIEW
Elizabeth A Berdan, Thomas T Sato
Foreign bodies aspirated into the airway or ingested with retention in the esophagus are common in infants and children. Both can cause life-threatening complications and must be approached with expeditious diagnosis and definitive treatment. Pediatric surgeons should be familiar with diagnosis, treatment, operative management, complications, and outcomes of aerodigestive tract foreign bodies.
February 2017: Surgical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891427/anaesthetic-management-of-a-case-of-down-s-syndrome-with-achalasia-cardia
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Neeta Santha, Madhusudan Upadya, Sravanthi Vishwanatham
Achalasia cardia is a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract characterized by dilatation of the oesophagus and collection of food and fluids in the oesophagus leading to massive regurgitation and aspiration of gastric contents. Down's syndrome has multisystem effects which can also present as difficult airway. Here, we present a case of a 14-year-old girl, a case of Down's syndrome with Achalasia cardia and mitral valve prolapse posted for Heller's cardiomyotomy. Anaesthetic concerns were difficult airway due to Downs's syndrome, massive aspiration risks of Achalasia cardia and haemodynamic instability due to mitral regurgitation...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891426/palatonasal-fistula-repair-a-case-of-unanticipated-difficult-intubation
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Hemraj Tungaria, Lalit K Raiger, Rajkumar Paliwal, Shekhar Suman Saxena, Bishan Kumar Bairwa
Patients with present or previous history of facio-maxillary trauma will mostly be associated with a difficult airway. Surgical correction of these injuries might not always correct the altered airway. We report a case of palatonasal fistula following an old facio-maxillary fracture, which has led to interpretation of a difficult airway into a normal one. The patient was found to be having difficult airway during direct laryngoscopy which caused failure to intubate initially. Though, the patient was successfully intubated in the third attempt by senior anaesthesiologist making use of manoeuvres and equipment available, it made an impact for us to do a proper pre-op evaluation of patients with history of surgical correction of facial injuries and also for being prepared for can't ventilate and can't intubate situation in such type of cases...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891026/anaesthesia-management-in-craniovertebral-junctional-anomalies
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REVIEW
Oswald Mascarenhas
Craniovertebral Junctional (CVJ) anomalies are developmental disorders that affect the skeleton and enclosed neuraxis at the junction of cranium and cervical spine. The high prevalence of airway obstruction and restrictive pulmonary disease in combination with cardiovascular manifestations poses a high anaesthetic risk to these patients. This article provides a discussion of management of anaesthesia in patients with craniovertebral anomalies, the evaluation of risk factors in these patients and their management, including emergency airway issues...
October 2016: Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891001/rigid-bronchoscopic-management-of-acute-respiratory-failure-in-a-30-year-old-woman
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Karan Madan, Ashesh Dhungana, Neha Kawatra Madan, Anant Mohan, Vijay Hadda, Rakesh Garg, Deepali Jain, Randeep Guleria
A 30-year-old woman presented with a history of progressive shortness of breath, cough, and hoarseness. Stridor was audible on examination. Chest X-ray showed normal lung fields and contrast-enhanced computed tomography thorax showed lower tracheal occlusion with endoluminal growth. Diagnostic flexible bronchoscopy demonstrated multiple whitish glistening nodules over both vocal cords and lower tracheal occlusion by whitish nodular growth. In view of critical central airway obstruction, rigid bronchoscopy and excision of the lower tracheal growth were performed...
November 2016: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890777/psychological-wellbeing-in-survivors-of-cardiac-arrest-and-its-relationship-to-neurocognitive-function
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Siân E Davies, Megan Rhys, Sarah E Voss, Rosemary Greenwood, Matthew Thomas, Jonathan R Benger
OBJECTIVE: To characterise psychological wellbeing in survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), and examine its relationship to cognitive function. PATIENTS: Forty-one highly functioning cardiac arrest survivors were drawn from the follow-up cohort of a randomised controlled trial of initial airway management in OHCA (ISRCTN:18528625). DESIGN: Psychological wellbeing was assessed with a self-report questionnaire (the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale; DASS) and cognitive function was examined using the Delayed Matching to Samples (DMS) test from the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB)...
November 24, 2016: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889866/management-and-outcomes-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-in-children-with-robin-sequence-a-cross-sectional-study
#18
Manouk J S van Lieshout, Koen F M Joosten, Maarten J Koudstaal, Marc P van der Schroeff, Karolijn Dulfer, Irene M J Mathijssen, Eppo B Wolvius
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this cross-sectional study is to assess the prevalence, course, and management of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children with Robin sequence (RS) aged 1-18 years. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 63 children aged 1 to18 years with RS. Patient data were collected on baseline characteristics and management. OSA was evaluated by polysomnography. RESULTS: Sixty-three children with RS were included (median age 8...
November 26, 2016: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887758/blind-nasal-intubation-revisited-no-longer-a-blind-technique
#19
Prakash K Dubey, Preksha Dubey, Niranjan Kumar, Gautam Bhardwaj, Neeraj Kumar
BACKGROUND: Advancements in airway management have made the practice of blind nasal intubation obsolete. We report on successful blind nasal intubation performed with the help of capnography and real-time ultrasonography in two patients with tempormandibular joint ankylosis. CASE REPORT: Blind nasal intubation was performed in a 12-year-old patient and a 17-year old patient under general anesthesia with spontaneous respiration. Capnography was used as an aid during insertion and dynamic ultrasonography was performed to guide and confirm proper tracheal tube placement...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887736/use-of-clarus-video-system-%C3%A2-in-expected-difficult-airway-in-a-patient-with-rett-syndrome
#20
L España Fuente, R E Méndez Redondo, J L González González
Difficult airway management remains one of the key points in our specialty, as the difficulty or impossibility of tracheal intubation is the main cause of morbidity/mortality attributable to anaesthesia. Rett syndrome is a severe and incapacitating neurological disease. We present the case of a 21-year-old girl affected by this syndrome, with significant psychomotor retardation and difficult airway predictors, who was scheduled to have a laparoscopic cholecystectomy under general anaesthesia. We decided on one attempt of Clarus Video System(®) fiberoptic intubation as primary intervention...
November 22, 2016: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
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