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Rev Esp Anestesiol Reanim. 2014 Jun-Jul;61(6):346-8. doi: 10.1016/j.redar.2013.05.010. Epub 2013 Jul 9.

Use of GlideScope for double lumen endotracheal tube insertion in an awake patient with difficult airway.

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Servicio de Anestesiología-Reanimación, Hospital Universitari Dr. Peset, Valencia, Spain. Electronic address:
Servicio de Anestesiología-Reanimación, Hospital Universitari i Politècnic La Fe, Valencia, Spain.
Servicio de Anestesiología-Reanimación, Hospital Universitari Dr. Peset, Valencia, Spain.
Servicio de Anestesiología-Reanimación, Hospital de Manises, Valencia, Spain.


There is scientific evidence that an anticipated difficult airway must be managed with the patient being awake. The GlideScope has been proven to be a useful device to intubate the trachea in some instances when difficult airway is present, and particularly in the awake patient. It has also been used for double lumen tube (DLT) in the anaesthetized patient, but its use with DLT in both circumstances, awake patients with difficult airway has not been described. GlideScope enabled us to achieve accurate local anesthetic spraying and a successful endotracheal intubation with a double lumen tube (DLT) in an awake patient with predicted difficult airway and bronchoaspiration risk. Different ways to resolve cases like this can be found in the anesthetic literature, but we think this could be another option to bear in mind. We also describe a new variation in the maneuver of introducing a DLT into the trachea under GlideScope view as DLT presents with some difficulties when introduced under normal circumstances. This option could add some risk for the patients when used in inexperienced hands and there is not sufficient scientific evidence in the literature to recommend it for all cases.


Difficult airway; Double lumen tube; Endotracheal intubation; GlideScope(®); Glidescope(®); Intubación endotraqueal; MADgic(®); Tubo de doble luz; Vía aérea difícil

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