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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 165-167

Airtraq® optical laryngoscope for tracheal intubation in patients with severe ankylosing spondylitis: A report of two cases

Department of Anaesthesiology, Jawahaharlal Nehru Medical College, A.M.U., Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Qazi Ehsan Ali
Department of Anaesthesiology, A.M.U., Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.96332

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Airway management in patients of ankylosing spondylitis remains a challenge for anaesthesiologists. Many new airway devices have been used for securing airway in these patients. The Airtraq® optical laryngoscope is one of the new rigid laryngoscopes with a proximal view finder that reflects an image transferred from the distal tip of the blade through a series of lenses, prisms and mirrors. We report two cases of ankylosing spondylitis who were scheduled for total hip replacement and subtotal thyroidectomy and were successfully intubated using the Airtraq® laryngoscope.

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