Approach To The Anatomically Difficult Airway In Adults

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We present a case of a morbidly obese 57-year-old male with a history of subglottic tracheal stenosis from a prior tracheostomy, now with asymmetric enlargement of his thyroid gland who was evaluated by anesthesia in the medical ICU for an overhead STAT intubation page. The patient appeared to be in respiratory distress, but was maintaining an oxygen saturation above 98% on his own. Our anesthesia team decided to take the patient emergently to the operating room for intubation with the surgical team prepped and ready for a surgical airway. We discuss the approach to the anatomically difficult airways in adults.


American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, October 21-25, 2022.