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Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2013 Dec;51(8):779-82. doi: 10.1016/j.bjoms.2013.04.002. Epub 2013 May 11.

Elective surgical cricothyroidotomy in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, The Ulster Hospital, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT16 1RH, Northern Ireland, UK. Electronic address: teobotiong@gmail.com.

Abstract

Surgical Cricothyroidotomy is regarded as an emergency procedure today even though it has a good evidential record as an elective surgical airway. A misunderstanding of Jackson's landmark paper in 1921 has made the simple and safe procedure unpopular because of the fear of subglottic stenosis. We present the incidence of subglottic stenosis after surgical cricothyroidotomy, discuss evidence for elective surgical cricothyroidotomy, and suggest potential applications in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

KEYWORDS:

Elective surgical airway; Surgical airway conversion; Surgical cricothyroidotomy

PMID:
23668941
DOI:
10.1016/j.bjoms.2013.04.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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