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Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2009 Feb;22(1):4-10. doi: 10.1097/ACO.0b013e32831a43ab.

Update on tracheobronchial anatomy and flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy in thoracic anesthesia.

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Department of Anesthesia, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, USA. javier-campos@uiowa.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

This review is focused on tracheobronchial anatomy and the use of flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy in thoracic anesthesia.

RECENT FINDINGS:

A complete knowledge of tracheobronchial anatomy is a key factor in determining proper position of lung isolation devices, namely double-lumen endotracheal tubes and bronchial blockers. In addition, changes occur in tracheobronchial anatomy with age; therefore, it is very important that every anesthesiologist is familiar with these anatomical changes in order to recognize anatomical landmarks and perform a successful placement of lung isolation devices. Flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy must be considered an art in the practice of thoracic anesthesia.

SUMMARY:

Recognition of tracheobronchial anatomy and familiarity with the use of flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope are key components while managing patients undergoing thoracic surgery and anesthesia.

PMID:
19295287
DOI:
10.1097/ACO.0b013e32831a43ab
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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