TITLE

Application of nasal flexible laryngeal mask airway in anesthesia for oral surgery

AUTHOR(S)
Arisaka, Hirofumi; Matsumoto, Masanao; Furuya, Munetaka; Sakuraba, Shigeki; Yoshida, Kazu-Ichi
PUB. DATE
February 2007
SOURCE
Journal of Anesthesia;2007, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p99
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The laryngeal mask airway has been used increasingly in clinics but is seldom applied in anesthesia for oral surgery, as the mask occupies the middle of the mouth and tends to obstruct the surgical field. Here, we report the successful placement and usage of a nasal flexible laryngeal mask airway (FLMA) in an oral surgical procedure. Fifteen patients undergoing dental procedures under general anesthesia were studied. We clinically applied a previously reported method for inserting an FLMA with some modifications. There was no significant bleeding from the intubated nostril in any of the patients. None of the patients complained of sore throat, coughing, hoarseness, or any discomfort in the nose. Although we anticipate that further refinements of the technique may be possible and that the safety of this method using a nasal FLMA needs to be assessed in a greater number of patients, in this preliminary study we provide a proof-of-principle demonstration of the efficacy of nasal LMA ventilation as a method of airway management for oral surgery.
ACCESSION #
23905428

 

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