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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 347-349

Management of an intraoperatively damaged endotracheal tube in a case of difficult airway using fibre-optic bronchoscope with minimal apnoea period


Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, SRM Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ija.IJA_674_16

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Damage to the endotracheal tube (ETT) is common in head and neck surgeries, especially in maxillary osteotomy. Airway management in such a crisis is crucial as there is risk of aspiration of blood into lungs, hypoxia and apnoea. This case illustrates a patient with an anticipated difficult airway who had an intraoperative damage to the ETT and was successfully managed by re-intubation with fiberoptic bronchoscope in a minimal apnoea period of <15 s using a new technique.


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