Acute upper airway obstruction in the postburn period.

  title={Acute upper airway obstruction in the postburn period.},
  author={J P Waymack and Edward J Law and Rack Park and B. G. Macmillan and James W. Alexander},
  journal={Archives of surgery},
  volume={120 9},
Upper airway obstruction in the severely burned patient is a well-known problem that is due to mucosal edema secondary to the effects of toxic substances and heat on the laryngeal and tracheal mucosa. Herein, we report a different cause of airway obstruction seen in the late postburn period during the induction of anesthesia for reconstructive procedures. This obstruction is due to the presence of severe burn-scar contractures of the neck that prevent successful endotracheal intubation. We have… CONTINUE READING