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Can J Anaesth. 2007 Jan;54(1):54-7.

Complications associated with the use of the GlideScope videolaryngoscope.

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Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto, Toronto General Hospital, 200 Elizabeth St., 3EN-421, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4, Canada.



Two cases are presented wherein the GlideScope videolaryngoscope (GVL) facilitated laryngeal exposure and successful endotracheal intubation, but resulted in pharyngeal injury.


GlideScope videolaryngoscopy was performed in two female patients, whose airways were anticipated to present difficulties for direct laryngoscopy. In the first case, following induction of anesthesia, moderate difficulty was encountered in directing the endotracheal tube (ETT) into the patient's larynx. In the second case, minimal difficulty with the GVL was experienced, and no problems were identified with airway instrumentation until the drapes covering the patient's face were removed. In both instances, the ETT had passed through the right palatopharyngeal arch, requiring suturing in the first patient, and electrocautery in the second patient.


There have been no previously published reports of injuries related to GlideScope laryngoscopy, but perforation of the palatopharyngeal arch occurring in two patients demonstrates a rare but potentially important complication of the GVL. Strategies to minimize this complication are considered.

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