Management of Near-Complete Airway Obstruction Caused by a Vallecular Cyst in an Infant Using a Tongue Tip Traction Suture

Christine M. Wong, Elizabeth A. Ghazal, Robin A. Dyleski, Richard Lee Applegate

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Abstract

Airway obstruction in infants can be because of a number of airway issues, one of which is a vallecular cyst. Although uncommonly seen, the management strategy for this difficult airway can be applied to many other difficult airway cases. We report the use of a preoperative oral fiberoptic assessment of the airway, use of a tongue stitch, and manipulation of a flexible nasal fiberoptic bronchoscope to secure the airway. Keeping the patient breathing spontaneously with low-dose ketamine also facilitated successful tracheal intubation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-33
Number of pages3
JournalA & A case reports
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 15 2016
Externally publishedYes

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