An alternative method of oral to nasal endotracheal intubation in patients undergoing maxillofacial surgery


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PAMPAL H. K. , ALKAN M. , Demirel C. B. , EMMEZ G. , BEDİRLİ N.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, vol.43, no.3, pp.493-495, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.3906/sag-1205-19
  • Title of Journal : TURKISH JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.493-495

Abstract

Patients undergoing maxillofacial surgery frequently require nasal intubation. Although awake fiberoptic intubation is the procedure of choice, a fiberoptic bronchoscope (FOB) may not be available in all clinics. Furthermore, the procedure itself requires skill and experience, and cannot be used when the view is obstructed by bleeding or secretions. Herein we describe 3 patients in whom oral to nasal endotracheal tube exchange was accomplished with the aid of a nasogastric tube after placement of an LMA CTrach (TM), as no FOB was available.