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RMJ. 2022; 47(3): 768-770


Change to emergency cricothyroidotomy during awake fiberoptic intubation in the patient with huge tongue mass

Byeong Cheol Lee, Hyojoong Kim, Sang Eun Lee, Yong Han Kim, Se Hun Kim, Yukyung Jeon.

Abstract
A 38-year-old male patient diagnosed with tongue cancer was scheduled to undergo tracheostomy to maintain the airway prior to chemotherapy. Salivary gland computed tomography showed a 4.0×4.6×5.3 cm mass on the right side of the base of the tongue. To prevent oxygen desaturation, preoxygenation was initiated with fraction of inspired oxygen 1.0 at a flow rate of 6 mL/min for. After preoxygenation, lidocaine was sprayed and infusion of remifentanil at 0.15 mcg/kg/min was initiated to reduce the irritation. When cricothyroidotomy is performed on awake patients, the risk of complications may increase because of pain, therefore, the otolaryngologist advised sedation since the patient was showing agitation. Cricothyroidotomy was performed by the otolaryngologist under a light sedation using 1.5 volume percent (vol. %) of sevoflurane, and a reinforced endotracheal tube (6.0) was inserted at the cricothyroidotomy site.
In order to minimize the occurrence of failure to deal with difficult airways, anesthesiologists should secure the patient’s airway according with difficult airway algorithms, and need to be prepared and trained to perform an invasive approach for difficult airway management in advance.

Key words: Airway management, cricothyroidotomy, difficult intubation, surgical airway, tongue cancer.


 
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Lee BC, Kim H, Lee SE, Kim YH, Kim SH, Jeon Y. Change to emergency cricothyroidotomy during awake fiberoptic intubation in the patient with huge tongue mass. RMJ. 2022; 47(3): 768-770.


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Lee BC, Kim H, Lee SE, Kim YH, Kim SH, Jeon Y. Change to emergency cricothyroidotomy during awake fiberoptic intubation in the patient with huge tongue mass. https://www.rmj.org.pk/?mno=19059 [Access: September 02, 2022].


AMA (American Medical Association) Style

Lee BC, Kim H, Lee SE, Kim YH, Kim SH, Jeon Y. Change to emergency cricothyroidotomy during awake fiberoptic intubation in the patient with huge tongue mass. RMJ. 2022; 47(3): 768-770.



Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Lee BC, Kim H, Lee SE, Kim YH, Kim SH, Jeon Y. Change to emergency cricothyroidotomy during awake fiberoptic intubation in the patient with huge tongue mass. RMJ. (2022), [cited September 02, 2022]; 47(3): 768-770.



Harvard Style

Lee, B. C., Kim, . H., Lee, . S. E., Kim, . Y. H., Kim, . S. H. & Jeon, . Y. (2022) Change to emergency cricothyroidotomy during awake fiberoptic intubation in the patient with huge tongue mass. RMJ, 47 (3), 768-770.



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Lee, Byeong Cheol, Hyojoong Kim, Sang Eun Lee, Yong Han Kim, Se Hun Kim, and Yukyung Jeon. 2022. Change to emergency cricothyroidotomy during awake fiberoptic intubation in the patient with huge tongue mass. Rawal Medical Journal, 47 (3), 768-770.



Chicago Style

Lee, Byeong Cheol, Hyojoong Kim, Sang Eun Lee, Yong Han Kim, Se Hun Kim, and Yukyung Jeon. "Change to emergency cricothyroidotomy during awake fiberoptic intubation in the patient with huge tongue mass." Rawal Medical Journal 47 (2022), 768-770.



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Lee, Byeong Cheol, Hyojoong Kim, Sang Eun Lee, Yong Han Kim, Se Hun Kim, and Yukyung Jeon. "Change to emergency cricothyroidotomy during awake fiberoptic intubation in the patient with huge tongue mass." Rawal Medical Journal 47.3 (2022), 768-770. Print.



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Lee, B. C., Kim, . H., Lee, . S. E., Kim, . Y. H., Kim, . S. H. & Jeon, . Y. (2022) Change to emergency cricothyroidotomy during awake fiberoptic intubation in the patient with huge tongue mass. Rawal Medical Journal, 47 (3), 768-770.








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