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Chapter 5 - Preoperative endoscopic airway examination

from Section 1 - Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 November 2012

Basem Abdelmalak
Affiliation:
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
John Doyle
Affiliation:
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
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This chapter highlights a technique of airway evaluation which is readily available to the anesthesiologist, is minimally invasive, and may provide enough information to reduce the use of awake intubation by providing improved clinical information. Preoperative endoscopic airway examination (PEAE), uses the commonly available flexible intubation scope, and unlike use of the same instrument for awake intubation, requires minimal time and patient preparation because it is well tolerated by patients, mimicking an ordinary office ENT laryngoscopic examination. Patients presenting to the operating room under the care of an otolaryngologist for management (diagnostic or therapeutic) of an airway lesions have, in most cases, undergone a flexible endoscopy in the surgeon's office. PEAE may be performed in the preoperative clinic setting, holding area or operating room. Patients who present with invisible airway pathology (e.g. papillomas, supraglottic masses), which may compromise the clinician's ability to control the airway, can be more thoroughly assessed.
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Print publication year: 2012

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