Airway management in severe post-burn contracture of the nec
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Burns due to a variety of reasons are an important medico-social issue in developing countries, including India. Patients with chronic contracture of the neck and face following burns are among the most common patients visiting plastic and cosmetic surgery clinics for reconstruction procedures. The airway management in these patients is difficult and challenging because of restricted neck movements and reduced mouth opening due to this fixed flexion deformity of the neck. Certain newer airway devices are presently available and have been used to facilitate airway management in difficult situations. There has been no case series available on the use of Airtraq in post-burn contractures of the neck and face. The Airtraq® optical laryngoscope is a recently introduced airway device to facilitate tracheal intubation in patients with both normal and difficult airways. The Airtraq® is anatomically shaped and standard Endotracheal tubes of all sizes can be used. We report a series of five cases with severe contracture of the face and neck presenting with difficult airway, as these patients presented with, specifically, fixed flexion deformity of the neck and distortion of the mouth opening and were successfully intubated using Airtraq®...

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