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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1084-1087

Securing a difficult airway: Tracheal intubation achieved after deliberate placement of an endotracheal tube in esophagus: A new approach


1 Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India

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Vanilla Chopra
Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Sidhra, Jammu - 180 017, Jammu and Kashmir
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DOI: 10.4103/0259-1162.184611

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Enlarged thyroid gland with retrosternal extension has an increased incidence of difficult intubation, and it poses real airway challenge for the anesthesiologists. Here, we present a case of successful management of a difficult airway in a female patient of enlarged thyroid gland, planned for open reduction and internal fixation of the upper end of humerus. Endotracheal intubation was achieved after deliberate insertion of an endotracheal tube in esophagus. The patient was extubated over a ventilating bougie, with uneventful postoperative course.


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