Dangerous Doughty--a quantitative study of disproportion between the size of endotracheal tubes and splits in tonsillectomy gag blades.

Abstract

The Doughty split tongue blade is used routinely with the Boyle Davis mouth gag during tonsillectomy. If the width of the slot in the blade is excessive, then the endotracheal tube may herniate through the slot in the blade and become fixed and inseparable from the blade. We report two cases of paediatric tonsillectomy where this potentially serious… (More)

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