Tracheostomy & the Difficult Airway

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It is our duty as anesthesiologists to act quickly and decisively when we encounter a difficult airway. We present a 67 year old male with a past medical history of remote tracheal crush injury status post tracheal resection and sleep apnea who presented with 2 weeks of worsening dysphonia. Imaging revealed left tonsillar mass with midline shift, laryngeal edema, and narrowing of the airway. After induction, initial attempts at indirect laryngoscopy were unsuccessful. We proceeded with tracheostomy with bag mask ventilation. In this case we will discuss airway management and the difficult airway algorithm.


American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, October 12-16, 2023, San Francisco, CA