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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 87

Difficult Airway Management in A Case of Thalassaemia Major

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia, PGIMER, Chandigarh., India
2 Senior Resident, Department of Anesthesia, AIIMS, New Delhi., India

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Neerja Bharti
Assistant professor, Department of Anaesthesiology and intensive care, PGIMER,Chandigarh-160012
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Difficult to ventilate, difficult to intubate cases are the most challenging to anaesthesiologists. We present a case of thalassaemia with difficult airway who underwent splenectomy surgery. The severe maxillary prominence with protruded upper incisors, limited mouth opening, depressed nasal bridge and narrow anterior nares posed a problem in mask ventilation and subsequent tracheal intubation. The patient was intubated successfully using fibreoptic bronchoscope aided with intubating laryngeal mask airway (Fastrach).

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