Awake tracheal intubation through the intubating laryngeal mask

Department of Anaesthesiology, Kansai Medical University, Osaka, Japan.
Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia (Impact Factor: 2.53). 02/1999; 46(2):182-4. DOI: 10.1007/BF03012555
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To report successful awake insertion of the intubating laryngeal mask (Fastrach) and subsequent tracheal intubation through it, in a patient with predicted difficult tracheal intubation, due to limited mouth opening, and difficult ventilation through a facemask, due to a large mass at the corner of the mouth.
A 53-yr-old woman with a large post-gangrenous mass on the right cheek to the angle of the mouth was scheduled for its resection. The right side of her face was damaged by a bomb attack followed by cancrum oris 50 yr ago. The distance between the incisors during maximum mouth opening was 2 cm and that between the gums on the right side < 1 cm. After preoxygenation and 50 micrograms fentanyl and 30 mg propofol i.v., propofol was infused at 2 Lidocaine, 8%, was sprayed on the oropharynx. A #4 intubating laryngeal mask was inserted with a little difficulty. A fibrescope was passed through a 7.5-mm ID RAE tracheal tube, and the combination was easily passed through the laryngeal mask into the trachea. General ansthesia was then induced. Finally, the intubating laryngeal mask was removed, while the RAE tube was being stabilized using an uncuffed 6.0-mm ID tracheal tube.
Awake tracheal intubation through the intubating laryngeal mask is a useful technique in patients with limited mouth opening in whom ventilation via a facemask is expected to be difficult.

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