Med Laser 2022; 11(2): 120-124
Successful use of C-MAC® video laryngoscope for unexpected severe airway narrowing during anesthesia induction in a patient with a moderate-sized laryngeal tumor
Sung-man Hong, Hee-yeon Sung, Bong-jin Kang
Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Republic of Korea
Correspondence to: Bong-jin Kang
Received: March 21, 2022; Accepted: May 7, 2022; Published online: June 30, 2022.
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Periglottic masses can be treated by laser excision, simple electrocautery, or wide excision, including neck dissection. Smooth induction of anesthesia and airway management is a challenge in these patients. There is limited published literature on the probable airway complications during anesthetic induction with significant variability and low predictability among patients. We report one case of unexpectedly severe ventilatory difficulty in a patient who developed recurrent vocal cord cancer. Through the analysis of this case, we stress the limitations of clinical prediction of airway compromise during anesthetic induction and discuss the usefulness of a video laryngoscope in this kind of emergency.
Keywords: Anesthesia; Airway management; Difficult airway algorithm; Periglottic mass; Laser surgery

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