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Anesth Essays Res. 2019 Apr-Jun;13(2):269-273. doi: 10.4103/aer.AER_42_19.

Blind Tracheal Intubation through the Air-Q Intubating Laryngeal Airway in Pediatric Patients: Reevaluation - A Randomized Controlled Trial.

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Department of Anesthesia and Surgical Intensive Care, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt.



Some pediatric supraglottic airway devices have not been evaluated in a large perspective for blind intubation although they are validated as a conduit for fiberoptic-guided intubation.


The objective of this study was to compare the success rate of blind technique with correction maneuvers versus fiberoptic-guided intubation through the air-Q laryngeal airway in pediatric patients.

Patients and Methods:

One hundred and twenty-six pediatric patients undergoing elective surgery under general anesthesia were randomized into two equal groups. The air-Q was placed in all patients as a conduit for tracheal intubation. Group B patients underwent blind intubation with correction maneuvers. Group F patients underwent fiberoptic-guided intubation.


There was no significant difference between the groups regarding the success rate of intubation or postextubation complications. Group F patients showed a significantly longer time to intubation and total time of the trial. Furthermore, Group F patients showed a significantly higher level of pre- and postintubation heart rate compared to Group B patients.


Blind tracheal intubation in pediatric patients through the air-Q with correction maneuvers could be a good alternative for fiberoptic-guided intubation with stable hemodynamics and shorter time till intubation.


Air-Q; blind intubation; correction maneuvers; fiberoptic-guided intubation

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