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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 158-160

A case report of retrograde intubation as rescue procedure in unanticipated difficult airway: an old technique still relevant in low resource settings

Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, India

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Tanmay Tiwari
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow
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DOI: 10.4103/2045-9912.337998

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In cases with an unanticipated difficult airway, retrograde intubation can be used as an alternative procedure for airway management when a fiber optic bronchoscope is unavailable. We here report a case of successful management of an unanticipated difficult airway following a failed intubation in a 34-year-old 54 kg male patient with carcinoma lateral border of tongue using retrograde intubation guided technique. Maintaining oxygenation and minimizing airway trauma should be the priority following a failed intubation. Decisions seeking alternative techniques following failed intubation are easy, if valid and applicable techniques (as per anesthesiologist’s skills and available resources) are discussed before induction of anesthesia.

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