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Anaesthesia. 2001 May;56(5):447-50.

The peri-operative complications of nasal intubation: a comparison of nostril side.

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Department of Anaesthetics, Torbay Hospital, Lawes Bridge, Torquay TQ2 7AA, UK.


We studied 128 patients undergoing nasal intubation to see whether the nostril side used influenced peri-operative nasal complications. In the apparently normal nostril, there is no significant difference between either nostril in difficulty of intubation (p > 0.8). Similarly, there is no significant difference in the incidence of bleeding at intubation (p > 0.2), at extubation (p > 0.5) and once the patient has returned to recovery (p > 0.1). Postoperative nostril patency is also similar between groups (p > 0.85).

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