Mechanical airway obstruction due to dislodged spinal hardware

Michelle A. Petrovic, Ryan Kretzer, Brett A. Simon, Lauren C. Berkow

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A difficult airway caused by mechanical obstruction from dislodged spinal hardware in a patient undergoing revision surgery for a cervical chordoma is presented. Due to the logical, sequential multidisciplinary airway and patient management by the anesthesiology, neurosurgery, and otolaryngology teams working together in an environment of clear communication, a potential life-threatening crisis was averted with successful outcome for the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)578-581
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • Airway management
  • Cervical spine
  • Fiberoptic intubation
  • Tracheostomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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