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J Clin Anesth. 2007 Dec;19(8):619-21.

Soft palate perforation during orotracheal intubation facilitated by the GlideScope videolaryngoscope.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL 35249, USA.


We report a case in which a videolaryngoscope was used to facilitate endotracheal intubation in a patient with a large exophytic mass involving the right supraglottis. After intubation, it was noted that the soft palate had been perforated by the styletted endotracheal tube. The defect closed spontaneously postoperatively within 9 days.

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