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Saudi J Anaesth. 2014 Jan;8(1):128-30. doi: 10.4103/1658-354X.125974.

Airway management in a patient with Le Fort III Fracture.

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Department of Anesthesia, Rosary Sisters Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon.
Department of Anesthesia and Reanimation, Lebanese University, Medical School, Beirut, Lebanon.
Department of Anesthesia and ICU, Lebanese University, Medical School, Beirut, Lebanon.


Maxillofacial fractures present unique airway problem to the anesthesiologist. Patients with LeFort III fractures are at great risk of requiring emergent airway control due to midface instability and oropharyngeal airway obstruction. We present a case where difficult intubation was managed with close cooperation between the anesthesiologist and the surgeon.


Difficult intubation; Le Fort III fracture; maxillofacial trauma

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