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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 162-164

A new low-cost method for difficult airway management in non-missile-penetrating cervical spine injury

1 Department of Surgery, Division of Neurological Surgery, Federal Medical Centre, Ido-Ekiti; Onward Specialist Hospital, Osogbo, Nigeria
2 Onward Specialist Hospital, Osogbo; Department of Anaesthesia, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Nigeria

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Taopheeq B Rabiu
Department of Surgery, Division of Neurological Surgery, Federal Medical Centre, Ido-Ekiti
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.96329

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Accessing and maintaining the airway in penetrating cervical spine injury is a challenge for anaesthetists globally. This is more so in resource-poor settings, where advanced techniques for intubation in difficult airway situations are unavailable. We describe a new, low-cost, easily adaptable method of managing the airway used in a middle-aged man who sustained screw driver injury to the cervical spine with C4 Brown-Séquard syndrome. The deployment of readily available and cheap materials led to successful anaesthesia management of the patient.

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