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 IJOHNS  Vol.6 No.2 , March 2017
Reinke’s Oedema Presenting as Stridor: Implications for Otolaryngologists in Difficult Airway
Abstract: We demonstrated the importance of managing a patient who presented with stridor due to severe Reinke’s oedema. The concept of managing difficult airway has thus been introduced for the otolaryngologists according to a plan of action as described by the American Society of Anaesthesiologist’s difficult airway algorithm. Methods: A case report of interest and review of literature. PubMed search with keywords of difficult airway, stridor, awake intubation and Reinke’s oedema was used. Result: Management of an anticipated difficult airway with awake fiberoptic intubation with backup strategies of direct laryngoscopies with Eshmann t and awake invasive intubation is highlighted. Conclusion: This case report demonstrated a definitive strategy of securing a difficult airway with obstruction at the glottis and highlighted the role of teamwork between otolaryngologist and anaesthesiologist to secure difficult airway.
Cite this paper: Mohyuddin, A. and Sandhu, G. (2017) Reinke’s Oedema Presenting as Stridor: Implications for Otolaryngologists in Difficult Airway. International Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, 6, 11-15. doi: 10.4236/ijohns.2017.62003.
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