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CASE REPORT
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-50

Unanticipated intraoperative airway emergency due to near-total transection of endotracheal tube during partial maxillectomy


1 Department of Anaesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain, Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Head and Neck Services of Surgical Oncology, Mahamana Pandit Madanmohan Malviya Cancer Centre, Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sunil Kumar Valasareddy
Department of Anaesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain, Mahamana Pandit Madanmohan Malviya Cancer Centre, Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital, Varanasi - 221 005, Uttar Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/arwy.arwy_4_21

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Endotracheal tube (ETT) damage during head and neck surgeries is an uncommon complication needing quick corrective action to avoid hypoxia and aspiration of blood into lungs. Our case illustrates an unanticipated complication created during partial maxillectomy by a reciprocating motor saw. Accidental near-total transection of ETT was successfully managed by a novel technique of reintubation guided by an airway exchange catheter placed alongside the damaged ETT.


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