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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 30-33

Retrograde nasal intubation for an anticipated difficult intubation

Department of Anaesthesiology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Natham Hemanth
Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati 517 507, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/jcsr.jcsr_109_20

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A 58-year-old female patient with recurrence of carcinoma in the angle of the mouth on the left side was posted for composite resection and Pectoralis major myocutaneous flap reconstruction. The patient had carcinoma left buccal mucosa 1 year back and had undergone left partial mandiblectomy and radiotherapy. On airway examination (MPG) could not be assessed; on mouth opening one-and-half finger was admitted. There was a 4 cm × 4 cm ulceroproliferative growth in the left angle of the mouth extending to lower lip, which was bleeding on touch. After shifting to the operating theatre, venous access was secured with a with a wide-bore cannula. Standard monitoring was connected and preoxygenation was done. Under strict aseptic precaution under local anaesthesia, trachea located with Touhy's needle. Epidural catheter passed through the needle into the larynx and taken out through the oral cavity and Ryle's tube, which the patient already had for feeds, was pulled and taken out of the oral cavity. Catheter tip was tied to it and pulled out through the nostril and passed through murphy's eye of 6.5 mm (ID ETT) and lower end pulled, thereby pulling ETT into the trachea, cuff was inflated and tube fixed at 25 cm. General anaesthesia was administered. Thorough airway assessment, preparat ion and counselling of patient help in reducing airway-related morbidity and mortality.

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