Approach to Difficult Airway in Patients with Subglottic Mass

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A 61-year-old male with progressive hoarseness was found to have a right posterior subglottic mass on CT. He was scheduled to undergo a direct laryngoscopy with debulking of laryngeal tumor. Upon intubation, two attempts with indirect laryngoscopy were unsuccessful in passing a 6.0 and 5.0 endotracheal tube. An LMA was subsequently placed to maintain the airway and decision was made to proceed with tracheostomy. During this presentation we will discuss the impact of airway masses on securing a safe airway and strategy for difficult airways.


American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, October 8-12, 2021.