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Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2009 Aug;53(7):964-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-6576.2009.02012.x. Epub 2009 Jun 3.

Awake tracheal intubation using the Airtraq laryngoscope: a case series.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesia, 'G Genimmatas' General Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece. vaskdimi@otenet.gr


The Airtraq laryngoscope (AL) is a new single use indirect laryngoscope designed to facilitate tracheal intubation in anaesthetised patients either with normal or difficult airway anatomy. It is designed to provide a view of the glottis without alignment of the oral, pharyngeal and tracheal axes. We report four cases of successful awake tracheal intubation using the AL. The first case is a patient with severe ankylosing spondylitis and the other three cases with anticipated difficult airway. An awake intubation under sedation and topical airway anaesthesia was chosen. We consider that the AL can be used effectively to accomplish an awake intubation in patients with a suspected or known difficult airway and may be a useful alternative where other methods for awake intubation have failed or are not available.

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