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Difficult tracheal tube insertion

Zahid Hussain Khan, Farhad Tavakoli

Abstract


Difficult direct laryngoscopy refers to inability on the part of the laryngoscopist to visualise the larynx because of anatomical abnormality or distortion of the larynx or trachea. There is, however, no mention in the literature of airways that appear to be simple during laryngoscopy and Cormach-Lehane grading , but turn out to be exceedingly difficult when actual insertion is being attempted. We consider that for such cases a new phrase, difficult tracheal tube insertion (DTTI), should be employed. Fortunately cases of DTTI can be managed successfully if smaller-size tubes are used or a malleable guide is introduced into the endotracheal tube prior to its insertion through the glottic opening.

Authors' affiliations

Zahid Hussain Khan, Imam Khomeini Medical Complex, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Farhad Tavakoli, Imam Khomeini Medical Complex, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

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Keywords

Difficult tracheal intubation

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South African Medical Journal 2016;106(2):129. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i2.10275

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-11-02
Date published: 2016-01-06

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