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Minerva Anestesiologica 2012 May;78(5):619-21

Copyright © 2012 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Successful pre-emptive emergency management of a compromised airway with a Proseal™ Laryngeal Mask Airway followed by tracheostomy

Fabregat-López J.

Department of Anaesthesia, University Hospital Rosell, Cartagena, Spain


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Following hemi-glossectomy and right neck dissection a 63-year-old female patient presented as an emergency with a large neck hematoma. There were significant concerns over difficulty in intubation and mask ventilation leading to deterioration into a cannot intubate cannot ventilate (CICV) situation. After careful discussion and planning with the surgical team, who planned a tracheostomy, the situation was salvaged using a ProSealTM Laryngeal Mask Airway (PLMA). The PLMA enabled rapid establishment of a clear airway early in anesthetic induction, controlled ventilation and safe airway maintenance during a difficult tracheostomy.

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