Role of fiberoptic bronchoscopy in conjunction with the use of double-lumen tubes for thoracic anesthesia: a prospective study.

@article{Klein1998RoleOF,
  title={Role of fiberoptic bronchoscopy in conjunction with the use of double-lumen tubes for thoracic anesthesia: a prospective study.},
  author={Ulrike. Klein and Waheedullah Karzai and Frank Bloos and Maria Wohlfarth and Reiner Gottschall and Harald Fritz and Michael Gugel and Alexander Seifert},
  journal={Anesthesiology},
  year={1998},
  volume={88 2},
  pages={346-50}
}
BACKGROUND Fiberoptic bronchoscopy has been recommended to verify the position of double-lumen tubes (DLT), but this remains controversial. The authors studied the role of bronchoscopy for placing and monitoring right- and left-sided DLTs after blind intubation and after positioning the patient. METHODS Two hundred patients having thoracic surgery requiring DLT insertion were prospectively studied. "Blind" tracheal intubations were done with 163 left-sided and 37 right-sided disposable… CONTINUE READING