When fiberoptic intubation fails in patients with unstable craniovertebral junctions

Mazen A. Maktabi, Sarah S. Titler, Shivani Kadakia, Ryan K. Conway

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Abstract

Fiberoptic intubation (FOI) is generally regarded as the preferred method to achieve endotracheal intubation in patients with cervical spine instability. When performed electively, FOI has a very high level of success. Nevertheless, rarely, FOI may fail. Recently, using the fiberoptic scope to obtain a view of the glottis, with the endotracheal tube being inserted independently, guided by the fiberoptic view has been described. In this report, we describe our experience with a variation of this technique in both adults and children with occipito-cervical instabilities in whom FOI failed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1937-1940
Number of pages4
JournalAnesthesia and analgesia
Volume108
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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